Michigan Rep. Justin Amash Floats Potential Run for President Against Donald Trump

Michigan Congressman Justin Amash on Monday said he is considering a run for the White House against President Donald Trump.

Amash, who left the Republican Party last July and became an Independent, shared Trump's claim that he has absolute authority to Twitter, and said: "Americans who believe in limited government deserve another option."

After a user commented "please be you," Amash responded: "Thanks. I'm looking at it closely this week."

Thanks. I’m looking at it closely this week.

— Justin Amash (@justinamash) April 14, 2020

Newsweek reached out to Amash for comment.

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U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) holds a Town Hall Meeting on May 28, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty

Amash's announcement came hours after Trump claimed that he has "total authority" to override state governors' stay-at-home orders.

Nine states controlled by Democrats, plus the Republican-run Massachusetts, suggested earlier today that they will set their own timeline for reopening the economy, despite Trump and Republicans' push for an early easing of economic restrictions.

California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced in a joint press release that they intend to work together to create a unified West Coast plan to ease stay-at-home restrictions. They declined to set any reopening dates.

Some northeast state leaders also indicated they will work with local authorities to determine a plan for the reopening of businesses after the coronavirus threat. "Study the data, study the research, study the experiences of other countries, and give us guidelines and parameters to go forward," New York's Andrew Cuomo said.

"COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness," read the statement provided to Newsweek by Inslee's office. "In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19—with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities."

In a series of tweets on Monday, Trump disputed the idea that governors possess the authority to lift the social distancing measures they had imposed. "Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect," the president tweeted. "It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons."

Trump later claimed that he "allowed" the state governors to order the closing of businesses. "I'm gonna put it very simply, the President of the United States has the authority to do what the President has the authority to do, which is very powerful," he said.

"The President of the United States calls the shots," Trump continued, adding that state governors "can't do anything without the approval of the President of the United States."

Update 4/14/2020, 12:00 a.m.: This article has been updated to reflect that Massachusetts has joined the northeast coalition of states setting their own timeline for the reopening of the economy.