In rare unity, state governors on both sides of the aisle are teaming up with President Trump to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.
Both Republicans and Democrats are working with Trump to do what it takes to keep Americans safe—but that’s not how the narrative is being told in mainstream media.
CNN, among others, is reporting the outbreak is causing hostility between state governors and the president.
The Western Journal reports Washington Governor Jay Inslee and California Governor Gavin Newsom are “as anti-Trump as it gets” but the two—in a somewhat surprising move—heaped praise on Trump for his effort in combating the Coronavirus.
“I really don’t care too much what Donald Trump thinks of me, and we just kind of ignore that. It’s background noise because we really need to work together, Republicans and Democrats. This is a national crisis,” Inslee said to CBS host Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “We are doing that effectively, as I’ve indicated. I’ve had good meetings with the agency directors. I think that the vice president has been helpful in this regard.”
“We’re focusing on people’s health, not on political gamesmanship right now and that’s what we need to do,” he continued.
The Western Journal adds:
Obviously, there is no love lost between Inslee and the president and he did not pretend that they are on good terms.
But what he did was put the interests of his constituents ahead of going after Trump, which is the wise move in this situation and a refreshing change.
Watch his comments below:
Governor Jay Inslee on the coronavirus response from President Trump's administration:
"I believe the agencies of the federal government are being very diligent in helping our state." pic.twitter.com/UBb3AgvpmY
— Francis Brennan (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@FrancisBrennan) March 8, 2020
Reporters similarly lined-up Gov. Newsom for what could have been a moment to swipe the president.
“Over the past couple of days, President Trump has said that he would prefer if none of the passengers aboard these cruises landed on U.S. soil. Did he mention any of that to you in your conversation?” a reporter asked, per the report.
“We had a private conversation, but he said, ‘We’re gonna do the right thing’ and ‘You have my support, all of our support, logistically and otherwise,’” Newsom answered.
“He said everything that I could have hoped for,” the governor added. “And we had a very long conversation and every single thing he said, they followed through on.”
“So I’m just not interested in finding daylight on those statements because every single thing his administration, and it starts at the top, including the vice president, has been consistent with the expectation that we’d repatriate these passengers and we’d do it in a way that does justice to the spirit that defines the best of our country and the state of California,” he concluded.
California Gov. Newsom had kind words for Pres. Trump and Vice Pres. Pence when asked about the administration's handling of coronavirus and cruise ships:
— ABC News (@ABC) March 9, 2020