Trump claims he has 'absolute authority' like a king and gets mad at reporter for doubting this (VIDEO)
President Donald Trump is now declaring that the President of the United States of America has the "total authority" to do what he wants, similar to a king.
Of course, we all know that's not true. The U.S. Constitution was specifically designed to avoid this. During Trump's press conference today, though, if you weren't a student of history you might think that was the case.
"When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that's the way it's gotta be. It's total."
He was called out for this false statement by CNN's Kaitlan Collins: "That is not true."
Collins then started questioning him: Has any governor agreed that you have the authority to decide when their state opens back up?
Trump: I haven't asked anybody. You know why? Because I don't have to.
Collins: But who told you the president has the total authority?
Trump: (with finger pointed) Enough!
These weren't misstatements or gotcha moments, either. Trump has continued to repeat the claim on social media and in-person that it is the presidents and federal government's decision to re-open states, and not in those particular states' power.
These are total off-the-wall statements not grounded in reality. Trump spent the majority of his press conference talking about how much power he has.