California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the three west coast states will share a, “Vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future.”
The announcement stated that, “In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19 – with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities.
Each state will build a plan specific to their needs, but all three have agreed to follow the principles built on a West Coast framework focusing on: overall residents health, decisions based on health outcomes and science – not politics and proving the states will only be effective by working together. Through these steps and use of communication the states aim to restart public life and business.
The West Coast is guided by science. We issued stay at home orders early to keep the public healthy. We’ll open our economies with that same guiding principle.
CA, WA, and OR will work together on a shared vision focused on health–not politics. Together–we’ll meet this moment. https://t.co/o1lTRudVwC
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 13, 2020
However, President Donal Trump tweeted disagreeing with the governors power saying, “For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect….”
In another tweet he continued, “….It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue. A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!”
More coronavirus statements and guidelines will come shortly from both the governors and the president.