Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer “has no idea” about the coronavirus and the economy, President Trump said Thursday ahead of a rally in Great Lake State – just hours after the Democrat blew up the president during a press conference.
“Michigan has already won and regained more than half of the jobs lost – and if your state was ever allowed to reopen safely from your clueless governor, like Joe.” [Biden]They would have won far more, ”Trump said, according to FOX 2 in Detroit in Freeland, Saginaw County.
“Open your state, Madam Governor, open your state!”
Michigan would be better off if it had “a governor who knew what the hell she was doing,”
Trump described Whitmer as a “liberal hypocrite who lives by a different set of rules”.
The president was referring to an incident where the governor’s husband, dentist Marc Mallory, asked a northern Michigan port company to hold their boat ready until Memorial Day, despite advising citizens to stay home. When an employee said the company couldn’t accept him, he asked if it would help that he was the governor’s husband. Whitmer dismissed the incident as a failed joke.
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Trump’s comments on Whitmer may have been prompted in part by her comments earlier Thursday.
At a press conference, Whitmer named Trump the “greatest threat to the American people” and referred to audio recordings released Wednesday when the president spoke with Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward about the coronavirus.
In the recording, Trump tells Woodward how deadly the virus is but says he “always wanted to downplay it” while speaking publicly about it.
Whitmer said, “I think the biggest enemy of the state right now is the misinformation coming from the head of state. I think the biggest threat to the American people right now is the American president,” according to Detroit’s FOX 2.
“My personal opinion was that this government was ruthless and not very well informed,” Whitmer continued. “I never believed that you would read all of the briefings you were supposed to read. But being inconsiderate or ignorant is another matter entirely.” and to deceive and have lost American lives by it. They knew and they didn’t tell us. “
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She added that the US has experienced unnecessary loss of life for describing a lack of “accurate, consistent medical information” from the president about the virus.
Trump said Wednesday he downplayed the virus threat because he didn’t want Americans to panic.
The president appeared the day after Democratic candidate Joe Biden held a campaign rally in battlefield state, Michigan. On Tuesday, Whitmer told CNN that she welcomed Biden’s planned performance but saw Trump’s rally plans as “worrying” because she feared Trump supporters would not wear masks at the event.