It would be difficult to assemble a more ridiculous team without purposely attempting to do so, but there it is.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner? Had I not seen the list of names, I might have guessed this was straight from The Onion.

Then again, it's always important to keep in mind, we are discussing Donald Trump.

Not only did Trump hand pick a ridiculous team, he Tweeted that it was his right and his right alone to re-open the economy.

Ivanka Trump

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Trump's Most Amazing Lie Yet

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Trump is attempting a blatant hijacking of states' rights.

Western States Make Their Own Pact

Washington Governor Jay Inslee made an announcement on the Washington, Oregon and California Western States Pact.

In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19 – with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities.

We are announcing that California, Oregon and Washington have agreed to work together on a shared approach for reopening our economies – one that identifies clear indicators for communities to restart public life and business.

While each state is building a state-specific plan, our states have agreed to the following principles as we build out a West Coast framework.

Pennsylvania and Six Northeast States Chime In

Please consider Pennsylvania One Of Seven States To Work Together On COVID-19 Plans For Reopening


Pennsylvania is one seven states in the northeast that announced Monday they'll be working together to come up with a plan to reopen their economies once the spread of COVID-19 is under control.

The announcement came during a joint telephone conference, led by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. President Trump tweeted earlier in the day that it is up to him, not the governors, when to reopen the states.

But, when asked about that, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf referred to how state closures have been happening.

"Seeing as how we had the responsibility for closing the state down, I think we probably have the primary responsibility for opening it back up," Wolf said.

Trump's Fake News

While there is room to disagree about what needs to be done, there is no doubt about Trump's fake news proclamation.

He cannot and will not reopen states if governors refuse to go along.

Trump's attempt to claim he and he alone has the right to make the decision to reopen states is not only fake news, it's a dangerous attempt at usurping states' Constitutional rights.


"... I like to allow governors to make decisions without overruling them, because from a constitutional standpoint, that's the way it should be done," the president said during his Friday Coronavirus Task Force briefing. "If I disagreed, I would overrule a governor, and I have that right to do it. But I'd rather have them -- you can call it 'federalist,' you can call it 'the Constitution,' but I call it 'the Constitution.' I would rather have them make their decisions."

"I'm going to have to make a decision, and I hope to God it's the right decision," the president said Friday. "But I would say without question it's the biggest decision I've ever had to make."

The above snips from No, Trump doesn't call the shots on reopening states, constitutional scholars say

Steve Vladeck is a law professor at the University of Texas School of law.

Addendum 2

No Doubt Due to Backlash

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner not on task force focused on reopening country, president says

President Donald Trump on Monday said his daughter and adviser Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner will not be members of a new task force focused on reopening the country. Fox News reported earlier that Ivanka Trump and Kushner, who is also a senior adviser to the president, were expected to be on the task force.

Addendum 3

Trump Claims Total Authority Over States

"I haven't asked anybody because I don't have to"

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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