Newsom Praises Trump: I'd Be Lying if I Said He's Not Been Responsive to Coronavirus
CNN's Jake Tapper fails on tying to get Newsom to bash Trump
California Gov. Gavin Newsom praised President Donald Trump by saying he would be "lying" if he did not credit him for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN, Newsom was asked if he felt pressured to compliment the Trump administration to receive federal assistance.
"Do you find yourself, by necessity, tempering what you say in terms of any issues you might have with the federal response?" Tapper asked.
Newsom said replied:
"Let me just be candid with you. I’d be lying to you to say that he hasn’t been responsive to our needs."
"He has. And so, as a question, as a sort of an offer of objectivity, I have to acknowledge that publicly," Newsom added.
"The fact is, every time I've called the president, he's quickly gotten on the line," he said while noting several actions the administration has taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in his state.
The President has also praised Newsom for his handling of the virus.
During the White House press briefing on Tuesday, Trump said, "They’ve done a good job, California."
"Now, let’s see what happens because we could see a spike,” Trump added.
“I mean, you don’t know. They could have a spike where all of a sudden, it spikes upward.”
Gavin Newsom last month requested $1 billion in federal funds to support the state’s coronavirus response, NewThud reported.
The Los Angeles Times reported the state projects that 25.5 million people in California will be infected with the coronavirus over an eight-week period, Newsom said in a letter sent to President Trump on Wednesday requesting the deployment of the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship to the port of Los Angeles through Sept. 1.
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As of Thursday, over 926,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus across the world.
At least 46,000 have died from the disease, while more than 193,000 have recovered.
On Thursday, Trump Administration's leading health official warned the American public to prepare for at least 100,000 people to die.
During Tuesday's White House briefing on the Chinese COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Tony Fauci said we need to be "realistic" when asked if the death toll in America could surpass the six figures predictions.
"The answer is yes - as sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it," Fauci told members of the press.
White House projections have shown the number of U.S. deaths could surpass two million people without lockdowns and social distancing measures.
Still, the number could be reduced to between 100k and 240,000 deaths in the U.S. if current guidelines are maintained.