Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released a statement Friday morning wishing President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a speedy recovery from COVID-19.
Trump and his wife announced their positive virus test results overnight.
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“I want to start by wishing the president and first lady a speedy recovery,” reads a statement from Whitmer. “COVID-19 is the most dangerous public health crisis America has faced in 100 years. It is still present in our communities. It is still spreading. And people are still dying from it every single day. This virus doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, a Republican or a Democrat, young or old. No one is immune. Not even the president."
Whitmer has been critical about Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, going as far as calling the President the “biggest threat to the American people.” She is also calling for a Congressional oversight investigation into the Trump administration’s pandemic response.
However, in her statement Friday, Whitmer refrained from criticizing the president. She is instead taking the opportunity to remind people about the severity of the pandemic.
Here’s the rest of her statement:
"Here’s the good news. We can beat this enemy – but it’s going to take every single one of us working together to do it. Right now the most effective weapon we have is pretty simple: it’s wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth. It’s washing your hands with soap and water. And maintaining six feet of physical distance from one another.
I know this is hard. It’s hard for our seniors, our parents, our students, our small businesses, and our frontline workers. This has been one of the most challenging experiences any of us has ever faced. But we must not let our guard down. We must remain vigilant. COVID-19 won’t just go away because we’re tired of the disruptions it has caused to our daily lives, and right now there is no cure.
My sincere hope is that today’s news will serve as a wakeup call to every single American. Right now all 50 states and the federal government have some kind of declared state of emergency. We are all in this together. Let’s all do our part. Let’s all mask up. And let’s get through this together, as one nation.”Gov. Gretchen Whitmer