New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ripped suggestions from US President Donald Trump to impose travel ban to New Yorkers who are planning to visit other states amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo said he do not believe that any federal administration will be serious in instituting physical lockdwon on any states. He said that such move is illegal and will only cause economic chaos.
The governor also threatened to sue Rhode Island if it continue to seek out New Yorkers from entering its borders.
Trump had earlier announced to impose quarantine on New York, New Jersey and Connecticut which are the areas hardest hit by the outbreak.
“Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hot spot,” said Trump. “I’m thinking about that right now. We might not have to do it, but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine.”
Cuomo said he talked to Trump on Saturday morning but the American president didn’t mention the idea.
However, Cuomo strongly disagreed to Trump’s idea saying it would be something since the Civil War to restrict movements accross states.
“It would be a federal declaration of war on states,” said Cuomo.
Meanwhile, several governors continue to limit the number of New Yorkers who travel on different states with fear that they might be a possible carrier of the deadly virus.
New York has now 52,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 528 deaths.