No, The President’s Authority Is Not ‘Total’

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President Donald Trump had an absolute meltdown during a press conference on Monday (April 13), in which he said he doesn’t “take responsibility at all” for the lackluster governmental response to the coronavirus pandemic and falsely claimed that his “authority is total” as president, something the other two branches of government, the founding fathers, and constitutional scholars probably would not agree with.

The press conference started on rocky footing, as it was the first press conference following the New York Times’ harrowing story that showed just how misguided the government’s response was to the pandemic. The report — packed with documents, email threads, and on-and-off-the-record quotes from government officials — showed that the president “was warned about the potential for a pandemic” but had a startlingly slow response due to “internal divisions, lack of planning and his faith in his own instincts.” Instead of owning up to the government’s mismanagement of the pandemic, the president shifted the blame onto the media, saying he hopes newspapers like the Times will all “go out of business” in the next five years. He then played clips of TV news anchors talking about the virus with the title, “The media minimized the risk from the start.”

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