Apr 22, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump says he "strongly" disagrees with Georgia governor reopening state

President Trump said at a press conference Wednesday that he "strongly" disagrees with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's plans to reopen some non-essential businesses, like gyms and barber shops, as soon as this week.

Why it matters: It's a rare rebuke of a Republican governor and Trump ally that comes as the president has sought to reopen parts of the country, even encouraging protests against stay-at-home orders across several states.

What he's saying: Trump said that Kemp's plans to reopen indoor facilities including gyms, bowling alleys and salons are in violation of the White House guidelines for reopening the economy, which require states to report a downward trajectory of coronavirus cases for 14 days.

  • "It's just too soon. I think it's too soon," Trump said, listing barber shops and tattoo parlors as examples of Georgia businesses that can wait to reopen."They can wait a little bit longer. Just a little bit, not much. Because safety has to predominate."
  • "But, at the same time, he must do what he thinks is right," the president added. "I want him to do what he thinks is right. But I disagree with him on what he's doing."

Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, added at the briefing: "If I were advising the governor, I would tell him that he should be careful. I would advise him not to just turn the switch on and go. Because there is a danger of a rebound."

Go deeper: Trump calls on governors with "beautifully low" coronavirus numbers to reopen on May 1

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.

Minneapolis will ban police chokeholds following George Floyd's death

A memorial for George Floyd at the site of his death in Minneapolis. Photo: Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Minneapolis has agreed to ban the use of police chokeholds and will require nearby officers to act to stop them in the wake of George Floyd's death, AP reports.

Why it matters: The agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which has launched an investigation into Floyd's death while in police custody, will be enforceable in court.