This Is War: Cuomo Resists Travel Restrictions On New York
The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, claimed on Saturday that government-mandated travel restriction on his state is an act of war on the part of the federal government. The strong words from the governor came after President Donald Trump said that he is considering imposing quarantine in New York, New Jersey, and other states that are badly hit by the pandemic. The president backed away from imposing a quarantine on the affected states but opted to have the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issue strong travel advisories to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The move will help in preventing the virus from spreading in other areas.
Cuomo gave the statement during an interview on CNN. He also reacted to Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s signing of an executive order, which affects New Yorkers who are in Rhode Island. The order allows the Rhode Island National Guard to place New Yorkers in their state under quarantine. The National Guard will be ordering visitors from New York to undergo self-quarantine, which will last for two weeks. Police officers have also been authorized to stop vehicles with license plates from New York to check the passengers. The draconian moves are aimed at preventing the spread of the virus. Raimondo is considering New York City to be a risk.
Cuomo said that Raimondo’s decision is absurd. He said that he understands the objective, but he believes the orders are illegal and that he will be suing Rhode Island if his fellow Democrat governor does not roll back the orders restricting New Yorkers in Rhode Island.
New York City and the state of New York has emerged as the new epicenter of the global outbreak of Covid-19 after the United States became the country with the most number of confirmed cases. The state has over 50,000 cases, while New York City has more than 30,000. As of Saturday, the entire US has more than 110,000 cases.
Despite the criticisms from local officials like Cuomo and the incompetent NYC mayor Bill de Blasio and the constant attack from the mainstream media, President Trump is taking decisive action now in fighting the spread of the virus. He is utilizing the full force of the federal government to fight the pandemic and make sure it does not get worse. He is ordering the military to come to the aid of the affected areas.