Psaki Praises Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: ‘She’s Done a Tremendous Job’
WH press secretary defends embattled Governor
White House press secretary Jen Psaki praised Democrat Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as she appeared to read from prepared notes.
Whitmer has faced problems explaining why there are surging coronavirus cases in the state despite her ongoing lockdowns and mask requirements.
Psaki defended Whitmer, whom the White House denied a “vaccine surge.”
“She’s done a tremendous job in our view,” Psaki told reporters.
“While facing an enormous set of challenges.”
Psaki argued Whitmer was “steadfast in her commitment to keeping the people of Michigan safe,” as COVID cases surge higher than another state in the country.
“If you go back more than a year ago, she led that fight to make sure first responders in the state had PPE [Personal Protective Equipment] they needed when cases took off,” Psaki read, adding Whitmer also wanted more coronavirus testing “when the federal government told governors that they were frankly on their own.”
The claim, now debunked, was pushed by Democrats after Donald Trump urged governors to not just rely on the federal government for equipment and supplies but also pursue them on their own.
“She had to endure not just a public health crisis and a hostile state legislature, but friends who have passed from the virus, armed aggression in the state capitol, and threats against her life,” Psaki said.
“We feel she’s shown some serious grit, fight, and resolve. We’re going to continue to work with her,” Psaki added.
Earlier this month, Whitmer blamed the rise in cases on her lockdowns, claiming, “…we were very successful early on, but right now that means in the wake of variants that are easier to catch, we have fewer people with antibodies. And that’s why rushing to vaccinate is so crucial,” as the Detroit Free Press reported.
Whitmer tried to downplay the Biden administration’s refusal to send additional vaccine doses.
“Well, I think they’ve got a plan, and they’re committed to sticking to it, and I understand that."
"And we are definitely grateful for the boots on the ground that they’re sending the mobile units,” she told CBS.
“And we’re going to continue to work well with this White House and — and we’re grateful for that,” she added.
One of Whitmer’s top aides, Tricia Foster, was caught vacationing in Florida despite the governor urging residents not to travel to the popular spring break location.
Foster admitted she was in Siesta Key with several young people while leaving her coronavirus-infected son behind.