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President Donald Trump on Saturday said he is considering an “enforceable” quarantine on New York state, as well as parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.

“We’d like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hot spot — New York, New Jersey, maybe one or two other places, certain parts of Connecticut quarantined. 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 — short term two weeks for New York, probably New Jersey and parts of Connecticut,” Trump said.

“This will be an enforceable quarantine, but hopefully we won’t need it,” he said.

“We’re looking at it and we’ll be making a decision,” the president said at Andrews Air Force Base before departing for Virginia to send off a hospital ship. “It will be for a short time if we do it at all.”

Asked if that quarantine would include shutting down New York City’s subway, the major mode of transport for many city dwellers, Trump said, “No we wouldn’t do that.”

The president also dismissed the notion that he would deploy the National Guard to enforce quarantine rules. ‘We’re not going to need that,’ he said.

At a news conference Saturday afternoon, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he didn’t know about the president’s thoughts on quarantining the state.

“I didn’t speak to him about any quarantine,” he said. “I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable, and from a medical point of view, I don’t know what you would be accomplishing,” he added. “Not even understanding what it is, I don’t like the sound of it.”

The governor said the number of confirmed cases in the state now stands at 52,318, including 29,766 in New York City. A total of 728 people in the state have died, Cuomo said.

Cuomo also announced that the best estimate for the peak number of COVID-19 cases in New York is still 14 to 21 days away.

The enforceable quarantine would apply for people leaving New York, Trump said. Over the last week, thousands of New Yorkers have left the state, the hottest spot in the country for the spread of SARS-CoV-2. One photo making the rounds showed private planes stacked up to take off.

“Restrict travel because they are having problems down in Florida. A lot of New Yorkers going down, we don’t want that,” Trump told reporters.

On Friday, Trump supported the actions of governors to crack down on travelers from states hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, like Washington and New York.

“We are very strong on people not leaving, especially certain states, and going to other states where they have less of a problem,” Trump said at his daily press conference. “You are hearing constantly about people leaving New York and going down to Florida, and New York is obviously a hotspot.”

On Friday, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered state police to stop vehicles with New York license plates and to enforce a 14-day quarantine of anyone who entered the state from New York.

  • John Castro says:

    The entire Country should be on quarantine period. The only way to stop it.

    • Fred Sheehan says:

      The infection rate must be slowed in affected areas, and areas that do not presently have infected individuals must be protected. A national quarantine for at least one week after no new cases are reported, 3 weeks minimum, is justified. Infected individuals must be isolated. There is no other way to get ahead of it and prevent the disease to spread throughout the nation. One infected person can start a pandemic.

  • Gerry says:

    Again all of NY suffers for the sins of NYC !!!!!

    • Dean Perry says:

      What sins??? LOL

      • PattyTrish65 says:

        A grown ass man or however you identify, typing on behalf of the DNC. Are you unable to find a job, speak in full coherent sentence or have a thought of your own? Quite sad and terribly pathetic, that you are so blinded and woefully ill informed and believe that the Dems care about you. I wonder how much they pay you to spread the bullshit…

      • Ed says:

        Look in your mirror.

  • Dean Perry says:

    Governor Cuomo called Trump’s bluff and he backed off! WHAT A LOSER OF A LEADER!

    • Intellectual Impaler says:

      Dean are you still crying over the 16 election? Don’t worry. You’ll have to be committed when 20 is wrapped up.

      • ERIC says:

        Commie Cuomo is the loser! He wants to tax everyone to death & take everyone’s guns away cause they think that stops crime & wants to kill all babies born or not! & yeah, 2020: Make the Libtwats Cry again! MAGA 2020, KAG FOREVER!

        • Kathryn Lycksell says:

          You’re absolutely right, look at how he’s handled things. That’s exactly why so many left his state prior to the virus and now because of his incompetence concerning the virus. The man’s a loser idiot. He’s also a liar demanding ventilators when he had a warehouse full of them that weren’t be used. Then there’s also the church crypt with a crap load of n-95 masks that were hidden.

    • Ed says:

      Cuomo called Trump’s bluff? Geez, Cuomo is nothing but an annoying fruit fly and influences the president in no way, shape or form. Try another angle.

  • Intellectual Impaler says:

    How about Quarantine ALL Liberal states suffering from TDS? That Pandemic is more of a threat to this Nation than Coronavirus.

  • LST says:

    “Won’t need it?” The national guard would be needed, idiot New Yorkers won’t cooperate, they’re assholes.

  • Stephen Russell says:

    No its Travel advisories instead.

  • CF