President Donald Trump will disregard a quarantine order when he is expected to visit his New Jersey golf club this weekend, the White House said.
The order, made in conjunction with New York and Connecticut, comes as the states have managed to control their coronavirus cases – even as other states see a spike.
But Trump will not honor a requirement that visitors coming from states with high infection rates quarantine themselves for 14 days.
‘The president of the United States is not a civilian,’ said White House spokesman Judd Deere.
President Donald Trump will not quarantine on an expected trip to New Jersey, despite an order that applies to visitors to states like Arizona with high infection rates. Trump visited Phoenix on Tuesday
Trump visited Arizona on Tuesday. The state is experiencing a concerning coronavirus spike, with nearly 60,000 cases and approaching 1,500 deaths.
While there, Trump toured a section of border wall in Yuma and spoke to about 3,000 young supporters at a megachurch in Phoenix. He didn’t wear a mask at either event, and most of the attendees didn’t wear masks either.
‘Anyone who is in close proximity to him, including staff, guests, and press are tested for COVID-19 and confirmed to be negative,’ Deere said in a statement, CNBC reported.
He said the White House followed its mitigation plan while Trump was in Arizona. ‘Anyone traveling in support of the president this weekend will be closely monitored for symptoms and tested for COVID and therefore pose little to no risk to the local populations,’ he said.
Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump speaks during a Students for Trump event at the Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona, June 23, 2020
President Donald Trump (C) golfs at Trump National Golf Club on June 21, 2020 in Potomac Falls, Virginia. Trump spent Father’s Day on the golf course a day after holding his first public political rally since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic
New Jersey Gov, Phil Murphy announced that visitors to his state from high-risk areas must quarantine for two weeks
With the weather warming and Mar-a-Lago closed for the season, Trump has trained his eyes on his Bedminiter golf club. Last weekend, he golfed at the Trump National course in northern Virginia.
The president has remained focused on reopening, even as new hospitalizations and infections hit record numbers in states. Arizona is among seven states reporting new hospitalization records. The others are California, Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Trump travels to Wisconsin today to tour a factory, and is expected to make the trip to New Jersey this weekend.
Those who fail to quarantine must pay fines, according to the agreement announced by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.
‘We have to make sure the virus doesn’t come in on a plane again,’ Cuomo said Wednesday. ‘Learned that lesson. Been there, done that.’
The orders come amid big drops in cases in New York and New Jersey. ”This is not a polite recommendation,’ said Murphy, at a separate news conference Wednesday. ‘This is a strong advisory.’
Trump is commander in chief of the military, although he does not serve in a military capacity.
The Constitution states: ‘The President shall be the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States when called into the actual Service of the United States.’ Nevertheless, it gave the power to raise an army and declare war to the Congress.
The president wears civilian clothing, is paid from appropriations outside of military spending bills, and is not subject to the system of military justice.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who had previously served as Secretary of the Navy, said in 1944: ‘It was due to no accident and no oversight that the framers of our Constitution put the command of our armed forces under civilian authority. It is the duty of the Commander in Chief to appoint the Secretaries of War and Navy and the Chiefs of Staff,’ according to a legal analysis posted by Cornell Law School.
A court in New York determined that upon Roosevelt’s death, his Hyde Park estate was not entitled to tax benefits that went to deceased members of the military.
It emerged during the 2016 campaign that Trump received multiple military deferments due to having bone spurs in his foot. He obtained the deferments during the Vietnam War.
The White House has instituted rapid testing for those who come in contact with Trump, although testing is not 100 per cent accurate.
The White House has also reduced some of its own restrictions, taking away temperature testing for those who enter the complex, and seating reporters closer together during Trump press briefings than in the past.