Lawmakers introduce resolution rebuking Trump's claims of power over governors

Reps. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Thomas Kean wins GOP primary to take on Rep. Tom Malinowski House fires back at Trump by passing ObamaCare expansion MORE (D-N.J.), Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsLeaders call for civility after GOP lawmaker's verbal attack on Ocasio-Cortez House seeks ways to honor John Lewis Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (D-Minn.) and Justin AmashJustin AmashPeter Meijer wins GOP primary in Amash's Michigan district Amash confirms he won't seek reelection Democrats fear US already lost COVID-19 battle MORE (I-Mich.) introduced a one-sentence resolution on Tuesday pushing back on President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE’s claims that he has total authority over when states can begin to ease the restrictions they put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When somebody’s president of the United States, the authority is total, and that’s the way it’s got to to be. It's total. It’s total, and the governors know that," Trump said at a press briefing at the White House on Monday.

The comments sparked bipartisan pushback. 

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The resolution says “the House of Representatives affirms that when someone is the president of the United States, their authority is not total.”

"I introduced this one-sentence House resolution this morning, with @RepDeanPhillips and @justinamash. We can only pass things with unanimous consent these days, so I'm curious if anyone will object,” Malinowski tweeted on Tuesday. 

 

 

Amash blasted Trump’s comments shortly after the remarks were made, going as far as tweeting that he is looking “closely” at launching a third-party presidential bid against Trump and that “Americans who believe in limited government deserve another option.”