Trump pushes back at governors’ demands for more tests

White House Briefing 01 Ap Jef 200416 Hpmain 16x9 992
Alex Brandon/AP

WASHINGTON (AP)–  President Donald Trump has criticized governors who’ve said they don’t have enough tests for the new coronavirus to ease restrictions on economic activity.

Many of the nation’s governors have expressed concerns about returning to a more normal course of business without greatly expanding testing.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland announced Monday that he had secured 500,000 tests from South Korea after more than 20 days of negotiations. He said states had been forced to fend for themselves and compete against each other for tests.

But Trump said at his daily briefing on Monday that Hogan did not understand “too much about what was going on.”

Trump also said Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois “did not understand his capacity.”

Trump said the administration provided governors on Monday with a list of labs where they could find additional testing capacity. The president said “we’re in very good shape on testing.”

Trump also said ”it is a complex subject,” and noted that the states should lead.

©The Associated Press 2020

Categories: Coronavirus, News, US & World News