President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he had instructed Vice President Mike Pence not to reach out to governors who aren’t “appreciative” of his administration’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus in their states.
“If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call,” Trump said of those governors.
“I think they should be appreciative. Because you know what? When they’re not appreciative to me, they’re not appreciative to the Army Corps of Engineers, they’re not appreciative to FEMA. It’s not right,” Trump said during his daily press briefing at the White House.
The president singled out Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, both Democrats who have recently criticized the White House’s actions to combat the deadly pandemic.
Trump said that the vice president “calls all the governors. And I tell him, I’m a different type of person, and I say, ’Mike, don’t call the governor of Washington. You’re wasting your time with him.”
For the second straight day, Trump says of Gov. Whitmer of Michigan (whose name he can't seem to remember) that "she has no idea what is going on" pic.twitter.com/X2fxWeyIn3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 27, 2020
“Don’t call the woman in Michigan. It doesn’t make any difference what happens,” Trump added, referring to Gov. Whitmer.
Trump said that his administration has “done a great job for the state of Washington,” and has “taken such great care of Michigan.”
Trump described Inslee as “a failed presidential candidate” who is “constantly chirping, and I guess complaining would be a nice way of saying it.”
“Michigan, all she does is — she has no idea what’s going on, and all she does is say, ’Oh, it’s the federal government’s fault,” Trump said.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes blasted Trump’s remarks, tweeting: “I mean the president all but told sick people in Michigan to drop dead because their lady governor is too mouthy.”
I mean the president all but told sick people in Michigan to drop dead because their lady governor is too mouthy.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 27, 2020