Trump announced on Twitter that he might “quarantine” the “hot spots” of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to slow down any more spread of
the coronavirus pandemic to other states.
It’s about time someone is taking action to protect New Yorkers and all Americans! Donald Trump the rescue!
I am giving consideration to a QUARANTINE of developing “hot spots”, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A decision will be made, one way or another, shortly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2020
The president also discused it with reporters at the White House. If it happens, Trump said, it could only be for a short period of time:
President Donald Trump said Saturday that he had spoken with some governors and was considering some type of an enforceable quarantine to prevent people in New York and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut from traveling.
Trump told reporters at the White House that it would be for a “short period of time, if we do it at all.” He said he had spoken with Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., the country’s epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
What was Cuomo’s input on this possibility? Er, this is the first he’s hearing of it, Cuomo told reporters at his daily briefing. In fact, Cuomo isn’t even sure what that would mean:
“I don’t even know what that means,″ Cuomo said during a briefing in New York. “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. … I don’t like the sound of it.”
That seems a bit difficult to believe. Former Trump adviser-cum-Trump critic Tom Bossert publicly urged the president to impose a cordon sanitaire of New York City three days ago, which Cuomo has declined to do. Allahpundit called it “the Wuhan option” at the time; this could be called the Hubei option instead, both names arising from cordon sanitaire policies belatedly imposed by China. If Cuomo is unfamiliar with the concept, that’s on him, not on Trump.