President Donald Trump’s surprisingly public rebuke of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s reopening plans is still reverberating through state capitals across the country and is contributing to decisions by some governors to take a slower approach in opening businesses in their state, Republican officials in a half-dozen states told CNN.
“No governor wants to endure the same wrath as Brian Kemp,” a top adviser to a Republican governor said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid drawing similar ire from the White House.
“We all watched that very carefully and no one wants to be called out like that by the President,” another aide to a Republican governor said. The President’s conflicting guidance — initially calling to “liberate” states, but then sharply criticizing Kemp for opening some businesses on Friday — has led to an often confusing, messy patchwork of state-by-state rules.