Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to start reopening Georgia’s economy on Friday remains intact despite President Trump’s criticism in Wednesday’s task force briefing Wednesday.

Much criticism has been leveled at Kemp since his announcement, mostly from Democrats and scientists who say the Republican governor is opening the state too soon based on COVID-19 data and models.

“I told the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, that I disagree, strongly, with his decision to open certain facilities which are in violation of the phase one guidelines,” Trump said. “But, at the same time, he 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.”

Kemp issued an executive order Monday allowing gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, nail technicians and beauty schools to reopen Friday. Theaters, private social clubs and dine-in restaurants can reopen Monday with some restrictions.

“Our next measured step is driven by data and guided by state public health officials. We will continue with this approach to protect the lives, and livelihoods  of all Georgians.”

For more information from our friends at The Washington Examiner.

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