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Trump targets Hogan in attempt to flip testing criticism back on governors

April 21st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

President Donald Trump sought to turn criticism about federal coronavirus testing availability back on governors Monday evening, claiming some didn’t “understand” what they were being told by administration officials and assuring that there was plenty of capacity ready to be used.

The move came after Vice President Mike Pence led a multi-hour call with the governors earlier in the day to address the building frustration over the availability of testing kits and processing capacity. On the call, Pence outlined testing capacity and provided each state’s governor with a list of names, addresses and phone numbers of labs with additional testing capacity.

Where Pence sought to reassure, Trump once again sought to deflect blame.

During his daily press briefing, the President took swipes at two governors — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat.


For his part, Hogan told reporters, "The administration made it clear over and over again they want the states to take the lead, and we have to go out and do it ourselves, and that's exactly what we did."

Hogan responded to Trump’s Monday evening comment, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room”: “I’m not sure what the President is referring to. I have a pretty good understanding of what’s going on and I appreciated the information that was provided by his team.”

“I don’t want to get into criticizing back and forth, Wolf. The President was not on the call,” Hogan added.

6 Responses to “Trump targets Hogan in attempt to flip testing criticism back on governors”

  1. April 21, 2020 at 11:55 am, mac said:

    Trump will do what Trump has to do to boost Trump. Everything else is secondary. Everything.


    • April 21, 2020 at 2:02 pm, Jay said:

      Acts like a child, speaks like a child, governs like a child, insults and bullies like a child, lies pathologically . . . did I miss anything?


      • April 21, 2020 at 2:17 pm, Lav said:

        > …throws tantrums like a child…


        • April 25, 2020 at 9:17 pm, TB said:

          > you are a child… grow up, get off the mans pecker… go blow Biden you fool…


  2. April 21, 2020 at 1:11 pm, Jane said:

    please leave my md govenor Hogan alone! He is doing an amazing job. He has been very professional. Hes a calming leader. Hes gotten testing kits on his own from sources that arent here because we all need them. Eventually antibody tests will get here Let govenor Hogan do his work. He doesnt bring in politics. Talks about the med issues of coronavirus without making the platform about him and how he comes across.


  3. April 21, 2020 at 3:39 pm, mac said:

    All comments made here are in no way meant to demean children. We are sorry for the unfair comparisons.


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