President Donald Trump said during his Wednesday evening coronavirus briefing that he “strongly” disagrees with Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to reopen businesses on Friday.
“I told the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, that I disagree – strongly – with his decision to open certain facilities, which is violation of the phase one guidelines,” Trump said. “He must do what he thinks is right, but I disagree with him on what he’s doing. If I see something totally egregious or totally out of line, I’ll do [something].
Trump said opening spas, beauty salons, tattoo parlors and barber shops in phase one of reopening the economy “is just too soon.”
Kemp announced Monday that gyms, nail shops, beauty salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, massage parlors and bowling alleys would be allowed to open on April 24 and restaurant dining rooms, private social clubs and movie theaters on April 27.
Georgia’s death toll stands at 846, according to the evening report from the Georgia Department of Public Health, with 21,102 confirmed cases. That’s an increase of nearly 1,000 new cases in 24 hours as testing has ramped up in the state.
Infectious disease expert Dr. Carlos del Rio from the Emory University School of Medicine said in a CNN interview on Wednesday afternoon that one new model suggested that Georgia needed to wait until mid-June to begin reopening businesses
UPDATE: Kemp responded to Trump in a series of tweets: