Experts pour cold water of Trump’s proposal to lock down New York with a two-week quarantine

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On Saturday, President Donald Trump raised the possibility that he might impose a quarantine on the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to contain the spread of coronavirus. But his suggestion has not met a receptive audience from experts.

Conservative Naval War College professor Tom Nichols pointed out that Trump doesn’t have the authority to order such a quarantine in the first place. And former White House Press Secretary Joel Lockhart noted if it did happen, it would be stunningly authoritarian.

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Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner noted the absurdity of such a quarantine, given that Trump’s stated reason was to prevent New Yorkers from traveling to Florida — the only reason this is occurring is because Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted shutting down public spaces, incentivizing people in states with tougher lockdowns to travel there.

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Other medical experts noted that such a quarantine wouldn’t even be effective at this point.

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New York City Census Director Julie Menin suggested the president should give New York the health care equipment it needs, rather than trying to isolate its population.

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And New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo — whom Trump had claimed he had discussed the idea with — emphatically denied any involvement in the president’s suggestion.

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