[Ed. – Naturally, the Left will complain that Trump is doing too little but would claim he is interfering in states’ rights if he did provide’ additional instruction.’]
The White House is not telling states to shut down but said that governors are free to do so if they wish.
“We have not provided additional instruction to encourage states to have statewide shutdowns,” said Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, who President Trump has entrusted with the administration’s coronavirus response. “If that’s something the governor feels that’s in the interest of his people, we respect that decision, but that’s not guidance to the states.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide “shelter in place” order on Thursday, requiring 40 million residents to mostly stay home. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo to do the same as the number of coronavirus cases reaches more than 40% of the nationwide total — 56,000 cases.
On Friday, Cuomo ordered all nonessential businesses to keep their workers at home.