Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on MSNBC

President Trump sounded off on Twitter minutes after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared on MSNBC, where she discussed her executive orders to close schools, restaurants, bars, casinos and other businesses in response to the potentially deadly virus.

LANSING — President Donald Trump lashed out at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday, accusing her of "failing" to respond to the novel coronavirus despite her attempts to slow the spread by shutting down large sectors of the state economy. 

The Republican president sounded off on Twitter minutes after the Democratic governor appeared on MSNBC, where she discussed her executive orders to close schools, restaurants, bars, casinos and other businesses in response to the potentially deadly virus.

When asked, Whitmer also chided Trump for his suggestion that when it comes to ventilators, respirators and other medical equipment, governors should "try getting it yourselves."

"To hear the leader of the federal government tell us to work around the federal government because it's too slow, it's kind of mind-boggling to be honest," the governor said. 

Michigan is reaching out to private partners to try to obtain more supplies but also needs the federal government to step up, Whitmer added. 

"We need respirators and ventilators and personal protection equipment. We need more test kits and resources to process those test kits."

Trump shot back minutes later in a short tweet

"Failing  Michigan Governor must work harder and be much more proactive,” he wrote. “We are pushing her to get the job done. I stand with Michigan!"

The suggestion Whitmer has not been proactive appeared to confuse Michigan social media users, some of whom noted there has been local pushback that the governor has been too proactive.

Whitmer declared a state of emergency on March 10 and has issued seven other executive orders in the past week, including a prohibition on gatherings of more than 50 people and an expansion of unemployment insurance benefits.

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"Shame on you, @realDonaldTrump," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel responded on Twitter.  "@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."

Whitmer was quick to fire back at the president, with a string of her own tweets.

 

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pierredeboe
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 11:19am

POTUS is his own worst enemy. Just last week he minimized the impact of the pandemic that faces the world. Only to finally get a clue and be an ally of science and the health care professionals that continually lobbied for action . Dismantling the CDC infectious disease team was one in a long list of blunders that have been the hallmark of this admin. It's not too late because forward thinkers like Gov. Whitmer that are willing to make the tough decisions Washington politicians denied until now. Some remain dug in against science. YOU GO GRETCHEN!!

duane
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 4:23pm

peirredeboe,

Whenever we see Trump talking about the Covid 19 he has several 'experts' around him and he has them speaking on their specialties. It seems they meet regularly and Trump lends the importance of his office by making their positions official policy. We seem get in Michigan is only Whitmer pronouncement on virus actions, I can only hope she is talking to medical 'experts' and not getting her information just from the media. I would like to hear from the Michigan medical 'experts', those from universities, from hospitals, from private companies, and even family practitioners, why not?

Trump compliments Democrat governors from New York and California for their actions, from Michigan Governor he is personally disparaged.
In a time of crisis, aside from personal political agenda, why piss on someone that could help? I wonder if being on a short list of VP candidates for Biden could be tainting our Governor's thinking, public remarks, and political concerns during this medical crisis.

You to have found your great political hope in the Governor, but I wish she was more about working with Republicans, with the Republican in the White House, to solve the current crisis than scoring points for the November election. I expect Michigan residents will get all the federal help available because that is Trump's focus, so why does our Governor want to personally malign the President?

Carol
Thu, 03/19/2020 - 6:19am

This lady is a self serving politician and cares nothing for the people she is suppose to serve. She has an agenda and it is not to serve the people of Michigan. Wake up, people.

Shaking Head
Thu, 03/19/2020 - 5:44pm

All you Trumpsters are delusional. Did you all attend CPAC and got Trumpfluenza? HE is as smart as a bag of rocks. Whitmer and all the other state leaders across the country are literally saving our lives. You are all disgusting getting your info from FOX News the last few months and STILL don't realized even THEY no longer peddle the same "seasonal flu" lies and "this will disappear in April" and "Democratic hoax, etc.
Watch the video, then and now: https://twitter.com/thefix/status/1240041548672380931

Paul Russell
Fri, 03/20/2020 - 8:53am

Whitmer wants nothing more than to be VP or even president. Her opinion of herself has no boundaries.
Hope you that voted for her wake up and fix your own damn roads.

Rick
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 10:34pm

Trump's Approval rating is 60% on the Chi-Com ManMade Bug, the HackJob FAKENEWS trash media is less than 44%. America knows who the evil ones are, they know you.

Anonymous
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 1:59pm

She's a strong leader issuing orders that may be unpleasant while he's a weak-minded pathological lying narcissistic megalomaniac making suggestions that are late and often times dangerous. January can't come soon enough.

Terry
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 9:37am

Weak minded pathological lying narcissistic megalomaniac. Describes perfectly Schiff, Schumer, Cuomo, Blumenthal and a raft of other demonrats. You're right. January can't come soon enough when President Trump starts his second term!

Mattice
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:38pm

She is a follower she just waited for other neighboring dates to issue restrictions first then followed suit after since those states had much less cases. Ohio closes schools she closes Ohio closes restaurants and bars she closes Ohio closes nonessential businesses she then closes . Based on the number of cases we have comparEd to others we she should of closed much sooner not a leader a follower. And her testing so proud initially was a joke. Testing under 150 a day with a 5 to 7 day wait I know of nurses and doctors on front line that treat Hospital patients that had to wait 6 hours at drive through they said sterilization process a joke and lost a doctors test they all had to quarantine themselves . Frontline workers should have priority testing since they want to be back helping if negative can’t fix roads can’t fix nothing and Trump is also a joke we need Info and directive scientists and healthcare experts and specialists not politicians and governmental figureheads

Rick
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 10:38pm

Too Bad she lied about Vietnam. But then she is a Liberal Marxist and we all know how they love to lie. The fact is the left is hoping for as many dead bodies as they can cause because they live killing things vis-à-vis babies in the womb because their false god Satan demands sacrifices and they have a blood-lust.

MOE
Sat, 04/11/2020 - 10:03am

Governor Whitmere is a complete idiot. The only one she s for is herself. She is on TV with 2 others. Does anyone see a mask?

Kevin Grand
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 2:22pm

"President Donald Trump lashed out at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday, accusing her of "failing" to respond to the novel coronavirus despite her attempts to slow the spread by shutting down large sectors of the state economy. "

Yes, please explain that troubling detail to readers, Mr. Oosting?

Exactly, how does utterly destroying Michigan's economy by shutting down those large sectors benefit the Michigan as a whole? When the virus in question manifests itself with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms for the overwhelming majority of those affected, if they even appear at all?

Now, you not only have lost revenue to contend with, but you'll need to increase state expenditures to take care of the people she has now made unemployed due to her over-the-top scare tactics. So much for "fixing the damn roads", more money for schools and the multitude of entitlement programs she just adores.

Many of those newly unemployed will very likely be unemployed long term due to their former employers shutting down due to lack of business.

But hey, she "did something", right?

WatchingAmazed
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 8:59pm

You ask: "Exactly, how does utterly destroying Michigan's economy by shutting down those large sectors benefit the Michigan as a whole?"
How nicely stated to pretend that is what is happening. No, it's not.
Displaying a will to ignore the medical facts and the experience of what's happening in other places is not just shown here, but through the rest of your post.
To keep this short, tell us what you choose:
1. Pretend that there is not real problem and watch a lot of people get sick and many die?
2. Be proactive and take measures, painful in the short term, to keep the spread of the virus down as much as possible?
It takes no great insight to realize that choosing option 1 means our economy will shrink much worse than a few weeks or even months of proactive measures.
Fun Fact: i know i'm wasting my time replying to you since facts don't matter if your mind is already made up, but there are others who may read your post and this is written mostly for them. Consider it light shown on darkness.
In a society, people need to work together.

FireSign
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 8:44am

No kidding! My kid works for a company that announces that they were shutting down for two weeks and they won't get paid. No offer of taking PTO, vacation or anything else. The company is in a precarious financial situation to start with, and this will probably kill it permanently. We'll be dealing with a lot of newly unemployed and bankruptcies after this. Maybe Gretchen will borrow even more money we'll have to pay back to cover it.

middle of the mit
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 11:32pm

Are you sure that is where you want to go Kevin?

Kevin Grand
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 2:22pm

"President Donald Trump lashed out at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday, accusing her of "failing" to respond to the novel coronavirus despite her attempts to slow the spread by shutting down large sectors of the state economy. "

Yes, please explain that troubling detail to readers, Mr. Oosting?

Exactly, how does utterly destroying Michigan's economy by shutting down those large sectors benefit the Michigan as a whole? When the virus in question manifests itself with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms for the overwhelming majority of those affected, if they even appear at all?

Now, you not only have lost revenue to contend with, but you'll need to increase state expenditures to take care of the people she has now made unemployed due to her over-the-top scare tactics. So much for "fixing the damn roads", more money for schools and the multitude of entitlement programs she just adores.

Many of those newly unemployed will very likely be unemployed long term due to their former employers shutting down due to lack of business.

But hey, she "did something", right?

But what you are telling us is that the Jeanius in Chief did something first, that amounted to nothing. NO person less that John James himself claimed that it was trade with countries that have "wet markets" that are to blame for this disease. Who opened trade with China? Who ran on FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS?

Do you all of a sudden feel a compunction, a need, a ..feeeling that you have to get out your soul? Because Republicans have been running elections on FREE TRADE for as long as I have been alive, until this guy.

What's changed?

Don't challenge someone that can hit the target more times with less ammo.

And you guys give so much ammo that you shouldn't EVER challenge me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3dvbM6Pias

Disappointment
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 2:34pm

Sorry, where in the hell was Obama when the Swine Flu killed over 12,000 US citizens? He did nothing of the sort to protect us. So stop with this damn blame over Trump cause you still can't believe he actually won. Stop trying to get him out of office as it failed the first time. He is doing his damn job. The governor needs to continue to due her job and leave her "political" agenda at home. He uncalled for comments are exactly what's wrong with the democratic party. Sad really.

WatchingAmazed
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 6:07pm

So, watching TV/Cable is what we believe POTUS should be doing?
Tweeting attacks against our locally elected leaders (who are doing what POTUS should have been doing) is what we believe our POTUS should be doing?
Curious (lack of) logic!

Jim
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 11:16am

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/03/pandemic-coronaviru...
"We were warned in 2017, a week before inauguration day, when Lisa Monaco, Barack Obama’s outgoing homeland-security adviser, gathered with Donald Trump’s incoming national-security officials and conducted an exercise modeled on the administration’s experiences with outbreaks of swine flu, Ebola, and Zika. The simulation explored how the U.S. government should respond to a flu pandemic that halts international travel, upends global supply chains, tanks the stock market, and burdens health-care systems—all with a vaccine many months from materializing. “The nightmare scenario for us, and frankly to any public-health expert that you would talk to, has always been a new strain of flu or a respiratory illness because of how much easier it is to spread” relative to other pandemic diseases that aren’t airborne."

"....... news broke that National Security Adviser John Bolton had shuttered the NSC’s unit for preparing and responding to pandemics, of which Borio was a part. The White House official in charge of spearheading such a response to infectious threats departed as well and was not replaced."

Craig Reynolds
Sat, 03/21/2020 - 1:07am

Second time in a very different pub. about a very different subject that I've seen this totally baseless BS LIE regarding the H1N1 epidemic during the first year of the Obama administration. How the hell do you people come up with this crap? Or is it due to some simpler malaise, like willful ignorance or dementia? https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/swineflu/16606 READ FACTS, GODDAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!

Anon
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 2:37pm

They are BOTH trying to make this political! Shame on them!

Anon
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 2:37pm

They are BOTH trying to make this political! Shame on them!

SickofMAGAbullshit
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 3:44pm

As a Michigander We Stand with Governor Whitmer! We have 3 grandchildren and 2 on the way. Their Parents are frightened and my 5 year old grandson said he is afraid to die. We do not need the President of our Country making matters worse by attacking our Governor. That is the coward's way out! And we know how the President hates cowards. I would suggest instead of attacking your governors look at the mess in your own back yard!

CAT
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 12:23am

All Governors were behind on this issue. Should worry more about healthcare and related industries and less about the damn roads...

Shane Sledge
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 1:40am

In all honesty for the most part I cant stand whitmer, her insane gas tax, circumventing state legislature to take loans that we the people will have to pay back and her typical democrat anti second amendment, that being said I applaud her proactive response to the virus, she is doing a great job in trying to mitigate the spread and though I dont like her policies on pretty much everything else I commend her for a job well done against this threat.

Billy Cooper
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 2:38am

Governor Whitmer made a huge mistake with Trump. Instead of getting along with him during a crisis. she plays partisan politics. The 2 most liberal governors in the US, Cuomo in New York and Newsom in California, decided to make peace during a time when both parties need to come together .
What was Whitmer thinking? Probably a Slot on Nov. ballot as V-P under Biden? Naw, unless she wants to have her whiffed by the creeper.
The trifecta of Socialists, Whitmer, Nessel & Bowman have taken power in Michigan, and the Republican controlled legislature is complict, since they are running their own swamp of corruption.
The TRIFECTA of female power has no opposion in 2022 unless the Republicans can find their own female candidates, with confidence that they can meet the challenge. White STRAIGHT males are endagered species in Micgagan politics.

C me
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 9:03am

Why didn’t our governor see this coming in February and start ramping up then? Anyone with half a brain would have known that the Covid 19 virus would get to MI sooner rather than later. After all, it started getting out of China in Dec 19. So what is her excuse?

Springerst94
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 9:11am

Whitmer was wrong. That is not what the President said. And video recordings prove it. Whitmer needs to verify comments before she engages in criticism. She has a bad habit of opening her mouth and making unfounded comments.

Bob
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 9:13am

Noted, he didn’t criticize the Ohio (republican ) governor for doing the same restrictions and he did it before Whitmer. “Let’s not politicize this”, tRump says.

Arjay
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 9:24am

Ahhhh, the democrats. Never let a disaster go to waste. Had the shoe been on the other foot and the Dems were in the White House, there would not have been any difference in results. Real results in crushing the virus will be determined by what individuals do, not by what government does or does not do. Stay a prescribed distance away from others, stay home if you don’t feel good, use electronic means to see your doctor initially, wash your hands, stay at home if you are in the very susceptible group, etc., etc., etc. nothing that Whitmer has done so far will lessen the outbreak. So schools are closed, the kids will just expose themselves to more and different avenues to catch the virus. Closing large gatherings, the people will just gather in different venues. As NPR said this morning, a musician was upset that he couldn’t play Irish songs yesterday, so he just went somewhere, and a large crowd gathered.

So please, do your part to protect yourself.

Anne
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 10:19am

Whitmer made the tough choice to close schools, entertainment venues, restaurants, bars, etc., down, and she did it before we had extended community spread throughout the state. POTUS, on the other hand, started out by saying ‘It’ll be gone in the spring,” “They’ll have a vaccine soon,” and refused test kits provided by the WHO. Then he attacked Whitmer.
Hmmmmm.....who really cares about saving lives here?

Terry
Thu, 03/19/2020 - 12:02pm

Anne, aren't Californias democratic legislators decriminalizing the intentional transmission of AIDS to other people? And don't most if not all democrats late term abortion (murder) of innocent babies? Who really cares about saving lives here?

LANCE STOKES
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 10:20am

People who refuse to heed the recommendations and warnings are simply fools. common sense is not common. People 30 and under may think they are not vulnerable. That's a fool's folly. People over 30 may think they are "immuned" to the disease, but that may not be the case. The imbecile in the white house is of little help. I'm glad we have Governor Whitmer. She is doing a very good job. Governor Cuomo in New York is another leader who is implementing a smart approach. Michigandans need to take this crisis serious and adhere to the recommendations. It is important to keep in mind that all of the efforts that are being implemented are not stopping the virus. They are only an attempt to stop the SPREAD of the virus and therefore minimize the impact of the virus, e.g. fewer deaths.

duane
Fri, 03/20/2020 - 9:51am

Lance,
I encourage diversity of perspectives when addressing problem/issues. By all we see and hear and read the 'white house' is very aggressive in employing that diversity, we see a wide range of knowledgeable people not only participating in all the decisions, they are put out front to the media and public to address questions. What we get here in Michigan is pronouncements from Governor Whitmer, with no mention of who she is including in discussions, and there is no independent views made available through the Governor's office. It is like the Governor and you with your unwavering support don't believe in the diversity of ideas and transparency.
It is interesting that Governor Cuomo is actively working with the President, with both complimenting the other for their cooperation and efforts, what we hear from Governor Whitmer is denigration of the WH for recognizing how the pace of government protocols can slow responses and openly supporting those who develop work arounds.
It seems our Governor is applying professional politician Rahm Emanuel's 'never let a crisis' go to waste by politicizing people in this ever changing situation while Governor Cuomo and President Trump are more focused on collaboration.

Your view, "They are only an attempt to stop the SPREAD of the virus..." is an example how politics distorts thinking by preventing diversity of perspectives. You are wrong about what is being done about the virus; there are those special experts working on vaccinations [one is already into special trial], there are those experts evaluating existing antiviral treatments [approved for other viruses], there are those working on developing new antiviral treatments, there are those working to develop, manufacture, and utilizes means and methods to clean surfaces, testing, protection of care givers, and the list goes on and on.
Politics is a lens that distorts realities and prevents collaborations, there will be time after the virus is under control to invoke politics again. I wish the Governor and you would be asking others for ideas, for what they are doing, for how we can do things better, and let go of the partisan politics for a few months.

Todd
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 10:44am

His comment was taken out of context but liberals don't care about the whole truth.

Sue
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 8:58pm

The governor has done a fabulous job of being proactive, thoughtful and caring when it comes to dealing with Covid 19. Thank you for all you do and have done. Proud the be a Michigander!

Mattice
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:22pm

Whitmer just watches what others do . If Ohio governor closes schools or shutdown restaurants/bars or businesses completely later in day or next day she does. After all Ohio has many less cases so she better had. She is follower not a leader

Chris
Thu, 03/19/2020 - 6:31am

Heads of state should have their Twitter accounts shut down and do their jobs! Instead of blaming one another, request resources and fight with actions not words! Be doers not sayers!

cmgriffi
Thu, 03/19/2020 - 11:16am

MI unfortunately is now a leading state in the total number of Covid-19 cases reported. I support MI government officials decisions and do not care for criticism from outsiders. In a fictional storybook totalitarian society maybe, but get into the real world where this declared to be a pandemic.

Kim
Thu, 03/19/2020 - 11:58pm

For all of you who think this virus is no big deal or a joke/hoax-If you really believe that then walk your butt into someone’s hospital room that has it, and visit them. It shouldn’t be a big deal right ????!!!! If you talk the talk then walk the walk!!!!!Sure they would love the company since they are suffering in isolation!!! You all have no clue, and no respect for our great Governor, Attorney General, and all the docs and nurses on the front line of this pandemic. Yes it’s a pandemic. Even Trump had to admit that. So quit acting like a rude child- it is time for us to be at our finest hour!!! Other countries like Italy and Spain are coming together as human beings they are not tearing each other apart!!!! Shame on Americans!!! Time to get it together!! Peoples lives depends on it-this is no joke!!!!

Zephania
Mon, 04/13/2020 - 6:31am

I'm a Federal employee, and thus exempt from the Gestapo's travel ban (thank God). But back in February, about 50 of us got sick we all had the symptoms: congestion, fever, shortness of breath. We range in age from 25 to a gentlemen who is in his late 60's. We all took two weeks off, were given strong anti-biotics and we're all fit as fiddles now...nobody died, they didn't close down our office, and nobody is sick here as I write this. And we're not wearing masks either, as the CDC's guidelines are masks are only for those who are sick to prevent the spread of contagions, and being Federal workers we must follow Federal guidelines. In summary, the sky isn't falling...

Joe
Fri, 03/20/2020 - 8:24am

This is the perfect example of the lack of leadership our country is currently under at both the state and federal levels. Pointing fingers never has solved anything. So disappointing to see this from our supposed “leaders”

Paul Russell
Fri, 03/20/2020 - 8:47am

Our Governess is a POS.
Yep, democrats stick together even when killing babies.

Rick
Fri, 03/20/2020 - 9:39am

Whitmer just can't even keep her big, insulting mouth shut about the president during a national emergency.

Joe B
Fri, 03/20/2020 - 7:01pm

I wish the governor spent less time chasing headlines on cable news, and more time providing leadership. She seems afraid to commit.

Charlie Weaver
Fri, 03/20/2020 - 11:06pm

Yea, Gov. Whitmer. You made the fake president's s....t list. Keep up the good work and stay out of Washington, D.C. for a while.

Rick
Sat, 03/21/2020 - 11:11am

Whitmer seems to put her foot in her mouth every time she opens it. Bashing the president during this emergency is about as unprofessional as it comes.

sonjia
Sun, 03/22/2020 - 12:05am

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel SHAME ON YOU.. And this Governor to. Quit expecting this President to do YOUR work for you and find ways yourself to do what needs to be done. I think we hired the wrong people for these jobs. They are not competent enough to do their jobs without whining... Get off your tushes and do some work ! Find ways to help your own state that is what YOUR jobs are. The President has enough to do with all of this he can NOT hold your hands and diaper babies. NO other President has ever had to face this before and all you can do is WHINE??? Really ?? Grow up it's time for action no whining from you. Give this man some credit for what he has done I would bet a million you would NOT do better ! Bullies are NOT wanted in Michigan and hearing your whines make you look just like them. Is this what you plan to have the children in Michigan see is you all whining and being bullies? Our children are learning from YOU. Find ways to help your own state and Grow up ! I knew This Governor would be the Biggest Mistake Michigan has made since Grandholm, Now we will all have to pay the price for having her in there. SMH

duane
Sun, 03/22/2020 - 12:55pm

sonjia,
I think you are being a bit harsh on Governor Whitmer. Rather expect the Governor to quit. Consider she is new to the role of Governor and has had no significant administrative experience, she has not faced these types of situations, and most likely this and the pressures of watching others succeed [especially those from the other Party] has create personal stresses that causes her to revert to partisan lashing out at the President. She shows both hear not understanding the role/responsibilities of the job of Governor and leadership. I am concerned her partisanship won’t let her see what she can learn from the President, where he established a team to attack the virus and the potential impact, he puts that team out front so people can see the knowledge and experience that he uses in formalize government actions [the Governor seems to what the public to believe she needs no one but herself, no team].
The Governor’s role is different from the President, each state needs to develop specific actions and practice to implement the the federal guidelines [since each state different they need to be creative in the ideas and actions by including a local practicality]. An example is when the guidelines about to maintain a separation and maximum number of people in a single facility, in Michigan the Governor has closed all classroom, all personal care [beauty and hair care salons]. In the case of classrooms this pronouncement from the Governor has created a wide range of confusion and stresses in the education system, with parents and students. If the Governor was better prepared or thoughtful she may have formed an ad hoc team [of those who are directly impacted] to review and make suggestions while the pronouncement was still a draft. Similarly, she should have formed an ad hoc team for the salons giving them the guidelines and asking what practices/protocols could protect the clients and staff while allowing the services be delivered [we know that the medical care organizations have such practices protecting the people in their facilities], maybe those could be applied in the salons to keep people working and be less disruptive the shutting down all the businesses and jobs. And if the team failed then the Governor could describe what and why the pronouncement had to made. This approach could be used in each business and service, giving them guidelines and letting them use their work expertise instead of following the Governor’s orders to shutdown Michigan’s economy, and making the disruption to the resident much greater then may be necessary.

PABLO NAVARRO
Mon, 03/23/2020 - 11:53am

ITS VERY INTERESTING THAT IT TOOK OUR GOVERNOR (WHITMER) A WHOLE WEEK TO ORDER AT HOME CONFINEMENT (FOR 3 WKS) EXCEPT FOR ABSOLUTE NECESSITIES. UNFORTUNATELY SHE COULD HELP HERSELF FROM CRITICIZING THE PRESIDENT TRUMP. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WHOLE COUNTRY NOT JUST ONE STATE.......DEAR MADAM GOVERNOR, WHERE ARE ALL THE THOUSANDS OF MASKS GLOVES & HAND SANITIZERS YOU CLAIMED TO HAVE PROCURED DURING YOUR SPEECH AT 11:AM TODAY 03/23/20.

Cindy
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 11:51am

If Trump thinks he's going to win Michigan buy putting down our Gov. mainly because she is a Democrat, think again. She is concerned about the people and our health care workers. Start acting like a leader and not like a spoiled child, Trump!

Paul
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 4:28pm

Whitmer is a disgrace to our state. Once again she embarrasses herself and the state too. She is such a partisan hack that it is pathetic. Does she even care about the people of Michigan, or is the Democrat party her real priority?

Jay
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 1:51pm

Whitmer is extremely disliked in michigan. How the heck did she get voted in? Isnt michigan the state where a female politician once said "were gonna impeach the mother fer"?

duane
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 10:14pm

Let's break the spiraling cycle of partisanship.
Current events and partisan politics tend to create pressures on all, and drives a need to vent such stresses. The challenge is to not let the venting of the stress be disruptive of the efforts needed to end the crisis and manage the recovery.
What we could use is a map of what needs to be done, how it should be done, what each of our roles are in getting us back to normal, what programs/agencies/organizations will be doing what needs to be done, and we even need metrics so all of us can see the progress and how our efforts contribute.
We all could benefit from having a map of what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and what it will look like when we have succeeded.
We have learned the daily reports from the federal government about the care individuals need, about the logistics supporting that care, about the need for data and in-depth analysis of that data, the research work on developing both vaccines and antiviral drugs being done simultaneously, about the validation of those medications, and we need to know how we will return to normal. We need to regularly see that map and where we are on it, we need to see the future.
People need hope and we can’t wait for that hope until the last patient has recovered. One of the greatest problems in a crisis is that people become so involved in the moment, in the actions they must take in moment they forget there will be a tomorrow and that we need to plan for tomorrow.
I wish the Governor would establish an ad hoc team to create this map of Michigan’s crisis, the path way to ending the crisis, the path way to our future, and to regularly keeping Michigan residents informed of our status on that path. I would seem the Lt. Governor would be a candidate to head up this team to allow the Governor to continue managing the rest of government. I wish the Governor would bite her tongue every time she wants to vent her emotions at the federal government and turn her team to interact with the federal government, we need to hear appreciation for the Army Corp of Engineers, for FEMA, for the support we are getting and let the less visible work on resolving any problems.
This is a time of crisis and requires and whole different mode of operations, we need to suppress personal biases and politics, we need all working together, we need collaboration, we need financial support.

Rick
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 10:32pm

Just another Liberal Marxist controlled FAKENEWS hackjob controlled by George Soros. I wonder how much Satan gave fr these fake journalist's souls? Not much I guess because Hitler had a bigger soul then they had.

Scottm
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 11:06am

To be fair, the title of this article should read- Michigan Governor Attacks President and President Responds. Our governor is well meaning but slow acting. Why did she take 2 weeks to request FEMA- disaster relief on March 26th? She announced K-12 schools closed March 12th, then bars/restaurants, etc. March 16th. Whitmer gets caught up in the "orange man bad" mind set and plays to that crowd. She should put that political agenda aside and be a leader for all the citizens of Michigan.

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Walt
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 5:30pm

I have signed at least a half dozen petitions to recall Gov. Whitmer, her mandates are not only out of control they are unConstitutional as well, but that's also gone too damn far and must stop or be stopped.