President Trump says his "authority is total," House Democrats disagree

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
April 14, 2020

President Donald Trump sure knows how to ruffle feathers on both sides of the political aisle.

During his Monday Coronavirus press briefing at The White House, trump left both Constitutional Republicans and members Democrats scratching their heads after stating that he had “total” authority.

Trump said, “When somebody’s president of the United States, the authority is total. And that’s the way it’s got to be. It's total. It’s total. And the governors know that."

"They will agree to it," Trump said about state governors "But the authority of the president of the United States, having to do with the subject we’re talking about, is total.”

Trump was speaking in regards to reopening the economy that was shut down when the COVID-19 pandemic spread to the U.S.

As expected, Florida’s Democratic Congressional delegation saw the controversial remarks as an opportunity to take another jab at Trump.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) tweeted a copy of the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, suggesting to the president that he “should read it before” he continues to spout off  about his power being “total.”

Freshman Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) also chimed in, tweeting at  Trump, “this is not Venezuela, this is the United States of America,” adding that he answers to “the American people.”

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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