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Trump considers short-term ‘enforceable’ quarantine of 3 US states, backlash already begins

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President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he was considering a short-term quarantine of three northeast states with high rates of COVID-19 infection.

New York, parts of New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut could be under “enforceable” quarantine for perhaps two weeks in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus currently attacking the entire planet.

“We’d like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot — New York, New Jersey, maybe one or two other places, certain parts of Connecticut quarantined,” Trump said while outside the White House.

He offered up hope that such drastic action may not be necessary but that if it became necessary “sometime today,” he’d be ready to make that call.

“I’m thinking about that right now. We might not have to do it but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine — short term two weeks for New York, probably New Jersey and parts of Connecticut.”

The restriction would mostly focus on keeping residents of those states from traveling to other areas of the country, he said, adding that it won’t merely be a suggestion.

“This will be an enforceable quarantine, but hopefully we won’t need it.”

Not everyone is happy with this potential move. Specifically, Michigan Representative Justin Amash questioned whether Trump had the authority to impose such restrictions domestically.

Amash was lambasted by Republicans last year for his position on the controversial Mueller report, siding with the Democrats who believed that it contained evidence of impeachable offenses.

But he wasn’t the only one who saw this move as a bad thing. Twitter users even went as far as to imply that it would be a dictatorial mandate.

Cuomo has been fighting back against remarks from the president implying that the governor has a stockpile of unused ventilators at a storage facility. While he claims Trump’s allegations were “incorrect and grossly misinformed,” he agreed that he did, in fact, have “ventilators in a stockpile” that hadn’t gone out to hospitals across the state. According to Cuomo, the hospitals haven’t needed them yet.

According to BizPac Review:

“The point is we have ventilators in a stockpile and we didn’t send them to the hospitals yet. Of course we didn’t,” he said.

“The hospitals don’t need them yet,” he added. “The hospitals aren’t at their apex. The hospitals have enough ventilators today. But the numbers are going up. So the point is, ‘They’re in a stockpile, you must not need them’ is just ignorant. Of course you don’t need them today. You need them when you hit the apex, which is 30,000. We’re not there yet.”


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