Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer offered conciliatory words to the Trump administration Sunday, saying all Americans need to focus on coronavirus as the “enemy.”
After squabbling on Twitter over coronavirus protective equipment deliveries, Whitmer was asked on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” if she planned to “heal” her relationship with President Donald Trump.
“The states across the country are working 24/7. This is a challenge. This is a moment where the enemy is COVID-19; it’s not one another, and that’s why I’m grateful for the partnership we’ve gotten,” she told NBC. (RELATED: Trump Approves Michigan’s Disaster Declaration Despite Declaring Governor ‘Doesn’t Have A Clue’)
Whitmer said she has good relationship with Vice President Mike Pence, who is heading the coronavirus task force for the Trump administration.
“I have talked with the vice president a number of times, we’re working everyone from the White House on down through FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency], DHS [Department of Homeland Security], the Army Corps of Engineers, because it’s got to be ‘all hands on deck.’ We are not one another’s enemies. The enemy is the virus and it is spreading and it is taking American lives.” (RELATED: US Surgeon General Tells Media To Stop Sniping At Trump Over Coronavirus: ‘No More Bickering … Or Finger Pointing)
The governor encouraged national unity during the crisis.
“That’s precisely why we governors are banding together where we can to make sure that we are organized, we are learning best practices from one another, we’re sharing information, and we’re protecting the people of our states,” Whitmer said.