President Trump, Gov. Whitmer Trade Jabs Over Coronavirus Response

WWJ News
March 17, 2020 - 10:42 am

(WWJ) How well is Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer handling the COVID-19 outbreak?

Not at all, according to President Donald Trump, who took to Twitter Tuesday morning to attack Michigan's chief executive. 

He tweeted: "Failing Michigan Governor must work harder and be much more proactive. We are pushing her to get the job done. I stand with Michigan!"

This comes after Whitmer earlier appeared on MSNBC chiding Trump to step up his coronavirus response, prohibit non-essential travel and declare a national disaster to free up federal funding. She called the Trump administration's response to the outbreak “mind-boggling.”

It was not immediately clear exactly what Trump's problem might be with Whitmer's actions regarding the virus, or what he believes she should be doing differently. No context or followup to the POTUS' single statement disparaging the first-term Democratic governor was provided. 

Whitmer, however responded in detail.  "Now that I’ve got your attention, Mr. President - attack tweets won’t solve this crisis. But swift and clear guidance, tests, personal protective equipment, and resources would. FYI - here’s what I’ve done so far..." she wrote. 

That tweet was followed by a point-by-point rundown as follows: 

Also among those to repond to the tweet is Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessle, who wrote: "Shame on you, @realDonaldTrump.@GovWhitmer is working tirelessly to lead our state through these diff times. You could learn a lot about what a REAL chief exec looks like from her. You just can’t stop being a jerk-can you? People are dying. Grow up and try leading by example."

By 10 a.m., thousands in the general public had replied to the president, a majority appearing to disagree with his assessment of Whitmer's work. This included @itsJeffTiedrich, who tweeted: "Failing united states president ignored a pandemic for a month and then called it a democrat hoax and then spent three weeks telling everyone that there was nothing to worry about. his dimwitted worshipers may have forgotten this but the rest of us out here in realityland won't."

@ChantelClinch responded: "He tells Governors to find their own ventilators and other much needed medical equipment, then bags them on twitter for not doing enough?? But it any Governor does a great job and gets public praise, he gets jealous and goes after them also?? WTAF?"

@DrRobDavidson replied: @GovWhitmer has demonstrated more leadership and bravery during this crisis than you have your entire life. I’m glad she’s got my back."

There, of course, have also been some responses in support of, or agreement with the president. 

@americanride724 tweeted: "These liberal Governors appear to be playing politics with this crisis. We are watching closely here in PA."

@EvaLB5 replied: "She's not helpful to Michigan at all. Panic is her game."

@MADE__USA wrote simply: "TRUMP 2020 NO MATTER WHAT!!! #TrumpUSA"