Georgia GOP Rep. Criticizes Governor's Decision to Reopen Economy, Says He's 'Not Communicating Clearly'

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A Georgia Republican congressman criticized Governor Brian Kemp's decision to reopen the economy Thursday, saying that Kemp is "not communicating clearly."

"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," Congressman Doug Collins said in an appearance on Fox News' Fox & Friends.

"It has made people nervous. I think clear communication is what has to happen. When you're telling people to still stay at home, but yet we are still going to open certain businesses, that creates a problem in which people are not sure what to do," Collins said.

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The Georgia representative said that while he and the governor share the common goal of wanting to reopen the state's economy, the issue is how to properly go about doing so.

"My concern is not having the local input into that [decision]. Up in my area, which is north of Atlanta, we are having an increase in cases. In my local hospital, they are seeing a rapid increase. So it is depending on the spot. That's where I think locals needed to have more input," Collins said.

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Kemp announced Monday that some businesses, including tattoo parlors and hair salons, will be allowed to reopen as early as Friday, citing a flattening of the curve in his state. However, the stay-at-home order in Georgia is in effect until April 30, as are the federal guidelines to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.

President Donald Trump also voiced his disagreement with Kemp's decision to begin reopening parts of his state at Wednesday's White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing, saying he believes it is "too soon" for those businesses listed by the governor to be reopened.

"I told Governor Brian Kemp that I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities which are in violation of the phase one guidelines," the president said, referencing the guidelines his administration released for reopening the country's economy.

"At the same time [Kemp] must do what he thinks is right. I want him to do what he thinks is right, but I disagree with him on what he's doing," Trump said, adding that "safety has to predominate."

Georgia has 21,102 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 846 deaths as of Wednesday, according to the state's Department of Health. There are also 4,018 hospitalizations in the state related to COVID-19.

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