Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) is receiving more criticism from within his own party over his decision to allow some businesses to begin reopening.
During a “Fox & Friends” interview, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) criticized Kemp for his plans to begin to reopen the state, “The president wants the country open. I want the country open. The governor wants the country open. The problem is how do you do it? And I think that’s the problem with leadership.”
Collins continued to say he believes Kemp’s plan is poorly executed because he did not lift the stay-at-home order, but said certain businesses could begin to reopen as early as Friday.
“Leadership is about communicating, and when you are not communicating clearly — look, the governor did not take away the stay-at-home order, but yet selectively decided certain businesses are going to open up.”
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Collins also blasted Kemp for apparently not consulting with localities before unveiling his plan, “My concern was not having the local input into that.”
“But when you’re telling people to still stay at home, but yet we’re going to open certain businesses, that creates a problem in which people are not sure what to do,” he added.
Earlier this week, Kemp said that certain businesses such as salons, barbershops, spas, and gyms could open as early as Friday.
And on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said he told Kemp that he “disagrees strongly” with his plan to lift restrictions. He said, “It’s just too soon.”
However, he added, “I want him to do what he thinks is right. But I disagree with him on what he’s doing.”