Trump has issued contradictory advice to Americans and contradictory or inchoate directives to governors, mayors, Congress and the scientists who flank him at daily news briefings intended to showcase his leadership. Much of the confusion surrounds when and how to lift safety restrictions that have closed businesses, schools, parks and casinos as a means of slowing transmission of a virus that has killed nearly 50,000 Americans…

Trump’s mixed messages have been put in sharp relief by his interactions with governors, and with Georgia in particular.

The president has criticized Democratic governors as closing down too much, and now he has broken with Kemp as opening up too fast.

He said first that he had the power to direct state-by-state openings, and then that governors were in charge of those decisions for themselves.