Unusual White House reprimand: US President Donald Trump, who is opposed to strict corona measures, has reprimanded the Republican governor of Georgia for prematurely easing restrictions on business. He told Governor Brian Kemp that he “absolutely disagrees” with his decision to “open certain facilities” that would have to remain closed on a Washington-submitted schedule, Trump said at a White House press conference on Wednesday.
It was “too early” for sports facilities and shops to open, Trump said. He respects Kemp and will “let him make this decision”. However, he himself would act differently in Kemp’s place, the US President emphasized. “I want to protect human lives.”
Trump’s criticism of a republican governor is extremely unusual. In the corona crisis, the US president has so far primarily come into conflict with governors of the opposition Democrats, whom he called for the restrictions on the pandemic to be relaxed.
Trump’s government had presented a multi-phase schedule last week to help return to normality in the United States. However, the governors of Georgia, Kemp, and Florida, Ron Desantis, subsequently announced more extensive easing than Washington intended.
In Georgia, according to Kemps, fitness studios, bowling centers, tattoo studios and other smaller companies will be allowed to reopen on Friday. From Monday onwards, restaurants can open again. Official government recommendations state that stores can only be opened if there has been a slowdown in the infection rate in the United States for at least two weeks.
Renowned US virologist Anthony Fauci urged Kemp to exercise caution. If he were an advisor to the Government of Georgia, he would recommend the governor “not just flip the switch” and continue with normality, Fauci said Wednesday at the White House press conference.
Immediately before the press conference, Kemp had defended his decision to loosen Fox 5 Atlanta. It was a “carefully considered approach”. The companies, which should now open again, would have to adhere to “strict guidelines”, emphasized Kemp.
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