Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order to reconnect MI residents' water services. The number of infections surged to 1,381, with 31 deaths Saturday. "Don't call the woman in Michigan, '" Trump said.
We need assistance. When the federal government told us that we needed to go it ourself, we started procuring every item we get our hands-on.
According to the governor's office, the order is effective for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, but it does not absolve anyone from responsibility for past-due bills.
The major disaster declaration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency makes the state eligible for statewide crisis counseling and provides funding for state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, the White House said in a news release.
The declaration follows a sometimes bitter back-and-forth between Trump and Whitmer, a Democrat who has criticized the Trump administration for being slow to respond to the pandemic. "I'm willing to work with anyone as long as we get the personal protective equipment we need for the people of MI". But she said FEMA can also provide aid in these areas where they do not overlap with existing programs.
MI had its largest daily jump yet in COVID-19 cases after almost 1,000 new incidents were reported Saturday, bringing the state's total to 4,650 illnesses and 111 deaths.
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Cuomo on Friday said 519 people have died from the COVID-19 coronavirus in NY , up from 385 fatalities reported the day before. Trump called out General Motors for "wasting time ".
On Friday night Trump tweeted again, referring to the governor as "Gretchen "Half" Whitmer" and saying she 'Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude!' The state now ranks fourth in total coronavirus cases in the USA, behind New York, New Jersey, and California.
"I want them to be appreciative", Trump said. We need it. No more political attacks, just PPEs, ventilators, N95 masks, test kits.
Whitmer tweeted in response that she had 'asked repeatedly and respectfully for help, ' adding, 'You said you stand with MI - prove it'.
The governor called the move "a critical step both for the health of families. and for slowing the spread of the coronavirus". But what I've gotten back is that vendors with whom we've procured contracts are now being told not to send stuff here to MI.
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