New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Saturday that an enforced quarantine for the state and its adjacent neighbors might not be legal after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE proposed a similar measure earlier Saturday.
Trump said he’s considering a short-term quarantine of “hot spots” in parts of the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, states with fluid populations near New York City, where cases of coronavirus and deaths due to the disease continue to rise at an alarming rate.
The measure suggested by the president would be travel-based, meaning people in their respective states would be unable to travel anywhere outside of the state’s borders in the country.
“It would be chaos and mayhem,” Cuomo told CNN during an on-air interview on Saturday. “It’s totally opposite everything he’s been saying. I don’t think it is plausible. I don’t think it is legal.”
Gov. Cuomo on possibility Trump will impose enforced quarantine on New York: “This would be a declaration of war on states.” pic.twitter.com/7rCFHMWzTh
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Cuomo said litigation against the administration is not out of the question.
“I’ve sued the federal government many times over the past few years… I don’t believe it’s going to come to that on this,” he said. “This would be a declaration of war on states, a federal declaration of war.”
More than 52,000 of the nation’s 113,000 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported in New York state alone, predominantly in New York City.
“As a governor, I’m not going to close off my borders,” he added.
The president tweeted Saturday that a “decision will be made, one way or another, shortly” about whether or not he would impose a lockdown.
I am giving consideration to a QUARANTINE of developing “hot spots”, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A decision will be made, one way or another, shortly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2020