US President Donald Trump again signaled his resistance to issuing a national stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus — despite comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci this week questioning why such an order has not been issued for all states.
The majority of states have issued orders for residents to stay in their homes, but the federal government has not mandated people do so.
“I leave it up to the governors,” Trump said at Friday’s coronavirus task force briefing.
“I guess we’re close to 90% anyway,” Trump said of the number of people mandated to stay home. At least 41 states and the District of Columbia have issued stay-at-home orders.
“States that we’re talking about are not in jeopardy,” Trump said, referring to the handful of states that have not yet issued such orders.
“I like that from the standpoint of governing, and even from the standpoint of our Constitution,” the President said of his inclination to allow states to make their own decisions about ordering people not to leave their houses.
The federal government has issued guidance recommending that people stay home as much as possible and avoid gathering in groups larger than 10.