A version of this story appeared in the April 14 edition of CNN’s Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. Sign up here to receive the need-to-know headlines every weekday. (CNN)Incensed by criticism of his response to the pandemic and regional pacts formed by governors to reopen states on their terms, President Donald Trump lashed out yesterday at the daily White House briefing. Trump mounted a furious defense of himself, screening a misleading propaganda video, launching an attack on the media and denying claims that he’d ignored early warnings about the virus. With 23,000 Americans now dead and millions more without a paycheck, Trump seemed intent on conveying he was in absolute control, claiming powers never envisioned by the Constitution and insisting his “authority is total” to order states and cities to reopen, Stephen Collinson writes. Legal experts, not to mention governors themselves, disagree. “We don’t have a king. We have an elected president,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told CNN. Cuomo is one of the governors on the country’s east and west coasts working together on plans to restart businesses and ease social-distancing guidelines in a way that limits new outbreaks in their regions.As Trump attempted to paint a rosy picture


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