The Hill: Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan criticized the President Trump in a Washington Post op-ed Thursday, describing how the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic was inadequate and did not provide testing resources, prompting the state to outsource COVID-19 tests from South Korea.
GOP governor Larry Hogan: "Eventually, it was clear that waiting around for the president to run the nation’s response was hopeless; if we delayed any longer, we’d be condemning more of our citizens to suffering and death…" https://t.co/DgYlRwwizB
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 16, 2020
“Eventually, it was clear that waiting around for the president to run the nation’s response was hopeless; if we delayed any longer, we’d be condemning more of our citizens to suffering and death. So every governor went their own way,” Hogan wrote in the op-ed published Thursday.
Hogan said that the president downplayed the potential impact of the virus early on. He said the country missed the opportunity to prepare while other countries were experiencing outbreaks.
“So many nationwide actions could have been taken in those early days but weren’t,” Hogan wrote. “While other countries were racing ahead with well-coordinated testing regimes, the Trump administration bungled the effort.”
Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, rumored to be eyeing a run for the White House in 2024, said the GOP needs to be a “bigger tent party" after President Donald Trump leaves office. https://t.co/Z8dzL66Ca1
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 12, 2020
Hogan said that while the threat was escalating, “instead of listening to his own public health experts, the president was talking and tweeting like a man more concerned about boosting the stock market or his reelection plans.”
The Ebola death toll for Obama was 2.
The GOP was outraged.
The COVID death toll for Trump?
No GOP outrage.
Lavish praise for Trump.
— Steve Rustad (@SteveRustad1) July 16, 2020
Hogan, who is chairman of the National Governors Association, continues in the op-ed to say that the governors were briefed by public health officials such as Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who told them the disease was dangerous and highly contagious.
“It was jarring, the huge contrast between the experts’ warnings and the president’s public dismissals,” Hogan said.