On Thursday night, Maryland’s Republican Governor Larry Hogan maintained that he was always “upfront” and “straightforward” with his opinion over the administration’s response to the health crisis. This came after he was alleged by the White House to be revising history.
In an article that Hogan wrote for The Washington Post, he lambasted Trump’s administration regarding the administration’s “hopeless” early actions to counter the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the White House underestimated the crisis and that they have failed to warn the public. He also shared how the federal response were delayed which resulted to the state governors to taking the initiative by their own instead lest more people will suffer the consequences. Hogan, being the National Governors Association chair, noted that each state had been implementing their own solutions to the pandemic.
He also told that he and his other half, South Korean native Yumi Hogan, managed to increase the state’s testing as the pandemic was starting to unravel. Their efforts brought them to Yumi’s homeland, adding half a million test kits for the state.
“Eventually, it was clear that waiting around for the president to run the nation’s response was hopeless,” Hogan’s Washington Post article reads. “If we delayed any longer, we’d be condemning more of our citizens to suffering and death.”
Hogan also expressed on the article how the president prioritizes his re-election over the outbreak. He wrote: “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.”
His statements were then criticized Thursday by the press secretary of White House Kayleigh McEnany, stating that the governor’s article is “revisionist history.” According to her, Hogan has praised Trump for cooperating with the governors.
The press secretary said: “This is revisionist history by Gov. Higan and it stands in stark contrast to what he said on March 19 where he praised the great communication that the President has had with governors.”
Hogan told CNN that he has always been vocal about the matter. “I have, from the very beginning of this, been very upfront and straightforward,” the governor said, referring to the press secretary’s attacks. “When the President and his team are doing something right, I praise them, and when they’re doing something wrong, I’m not afraid to say so.”
The Maryland governor has been vocal about the effective communication between the White House and different governors. However, he has also been critical of the administration as cases of infected people in the country are still rising.
Last week, he has commented on how the approach of the administration is “out of control.” He said that Trump should approach the crisis with a “national testing strategy, that we should have been on top of this, that we should have had a much more clear national strategy and been communicating much earlier on in the process.”