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Gov. Hogan Asks President Trump For Access To Federal Labs

April 21st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

WBAL reports Gov. Larry Hogan wrote Tuesday to President Donald Trump to allow the state to use federal labs to process COVID-19 tests and to seek guidance on how to move forward with that collaboration.

“Maryland is fortunate to have a plethora of federal installations with the potential to play a critical role in increasing our testing capacity, including Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Detrick, Fort Meade, the National Institutes of Health, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,” Hogan wrote. “These federal labs can be key to our utilizing the 500,000 tests we recently acquired from South Korea and our comprehensive recovery plan to get Marylanders back to work as safely and quickly as possible."

The testing kits arrived Saturday on a charter flight from Seoul. The $9 million deal was announced Monday.

Hogan said Monday that the administration had left states to their own devices when it came to acquiring tests. In a briefing later that day, Trump criticized Hogan, a fellow Republican and leader of the National Governors Association.

"The governor of Maryland could have called (Vice President) Mike Pence. He could have saved a lot of money," Trump said. “I don’t think he needed to go to South Korea. I think he needed to get a little knowledge — would have been helpful."

One Response to “Gov. Hogan Asks President Trump For Access To Federal Labs”

  1. April 22, 2020 at 10:05 am, mac said:

    Keep it up Governor Hogan. If Trump doesn’t approve you must be doing it right.


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