In an interview with Fox News on Thursday night, Trump first referred to Whitmer as “the young, a woman governor, you know who I’m talking about, from Michigan” and said that “all she does is sit there and blame the federal government.”
The famously transactional Trump followed that criticism by noting that Michigan has asked for an emergency declaration “and we’ll have to make a decision on that.” He also called Michigan an “important state” and professed his fondness for its residents.
Whitmer responded on Twitter after the interview, saying, “Hi, my name is Gretchen Whitmer, and that governor is me. I’ve asked repeatedly and respectfully for help. We need it. No more political attacks, just PPEs, ventilators, N95 masks, test kits. You said you stand with Michigan — prove it.”
Whitmer’s struggle to get supplies is not unique. When even New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the US, says it isn’t getting enough supplies, states that have seen less spread worry they will miss out as the federal government doles out the limited resources it has at its disposal.