Trump Says He Never Approved Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s Plan to Reopen Certain Businesses

President Donald Trump is adamant he has never given Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) the go-ahead on certain businesses as the state partially reopens its economy.

“I (or [Mike Pence]) never gave Governor Brian Kemp an OK on those few businesses outside of the Guidelines. FAKE NEWS!” Trump tweeted.

He added, “Spas, beauty salons, tattoo parlors, and barber shops should take a little slower path, but I told the Governor to do what is right for the great people of Georgia (and USA)!”

According to reports, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence did privately approve Kemp’s plan to reopen businesses.

Trump, however, publicly voiced his disapproval at a news conference and said he told Kemp he “disagrees strongly” with his decision, as IJR previously reported.

“I told the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, that I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities which are in violation of the phase one guidelines,” Trump said. 

Kemp came out in defense of his decision to slowly begin reopening his state’s economy, as IJR previously reported.

He maintained he is basing his decision off of data and recommendations by health officials.

“For weeks now, my team has worked closely with the Trump Administration and our federal counterparts to mitigate the impact of [coronavirus] in Georgia. Our decisions and direction are informed by data and public health recommendations,” Kemp wrote.

Trump was not the only one to criticize Kemp’s decision.

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) called Kemp’s decision “dangerously incompetent.”

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) also spoke out about Kemp’s plans.

“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 said.

Trump’s comments come shortly after he issued a series of tweets calling on Americans to “liberate” states with Democratic governors.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated for clarity after publication.


  1. Trump, of course, doesn’t have a veto over a governor’s action in this arena. He can approve or disapprove to his heart’s content, but has no way other than persuasion to change what a governor does.

    1. You are confused, Multi-Friend.

      King Donald The Loser DOES persuade through his endorsements.

      Gov. Kemp went against KDTL by appointing Loeffler, so when someone reminded him of this after that evening phone call, by morning the petulant man-child changed his mind and turned on the governor.

      Watch to see who he endorses for November – Kemp or Collins. There will be your answer.

  2. This article seems to be a little misleading. You seem to be saying that Trump didn’t give the go ahead to reopen Georgia’s economy, but the quotes provided only indicate that Trump was opposed to it only in regard to those few businesses where maintaining social distancing was difficult to impossible. The article even says that Trump and Pence approved the reopening and later objected only to those few businesses. “I told the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, that I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities which are in violation of the phase one guidelines,” Trump said.

  3. Everyone wants the power until the blame shows up. The governors all bitched about wanting…according to our Constitution…to run their own states. They ganged up on Pres. Trump with the blessing of the lame stream lying media. After a conference call, the govs were given the go ahead to operates within the guidelines. Georgia’s gov. has made a bad decision with regard to businesses like spas and salon etc. how do you safely practice social distancing while getting a massage or a haircut? Note also that many states were ill prepared for such a crisis so they blame the fed gov for all they are lacking. Yeah…we are in this together…only when we need something. This crisis is unprecedented. Pres. trump doesn’t make up these guidelines. The so called experts advise him and he announces the decisions for the most part. Glad he ignored those who thought closing the travel was a bad idea. Imagine where we would be now?!? Many of the Trump haters should be thanking him for his foresight.

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