U. S. President Donald Trump lashed out on Tuesday at Washington state for cutting funding to the state of Michigan and demanded action to be taken by the governor.
The comments came after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer a Republican on Friday expressed concern over what she called Trumps cut in funds to Michigan which with an infected population of more than 12 million and no new hospital bed capacity has seen its state reel from weeks of deprivation hospital bed closures and record number of opioid-related fatalities.
He gets credit for what he did to save lives. However he directly harmed Michigan said Trump a Republican who pulled out of a meeting with governor in frustration over her pleas for help.
Dont do that. But what do you do about it. What do you do? he asked.
Whitmer said Trump had restored her authority.
I have taken a number of actions over the past few weeks in response to his concerns at no longer being able to receive millions of dollars in federal (2 billion) stimulus funding Whitmer said.
Asking Trump for an explanation White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Wednesday: Its the governors call or comments she might make to the president.
White House officials have disputed those assertions saying it was the president who decided to provide funding and announced checks.
On Tuesday Trump said he was seeking relief for her as his administration pushed to address the problem of opioid abuse in Michigan.
Weve done a lot work over the last few weeks and were starting to get results and were starting to see results. And I think its going to be great to see.
The comment came after President Donald Trump a Republican said Tuesday he was deputising himself to address the problem.
Im taking away the governors authority in terms of how much she has to spend to live out her life Trump said.
On Tuesday Trump also told reporters he was considering a shutdown of the nations public schools saying it would be a total gamechanger.
He added: Im very much looking forward to having a job done in my administration.
On Tuesday as debate over funding for the state continued Trump also attacked the federal government for its plan to provide a new medical program involving millions of people with Medicaid.
For the federal government to be providing healthcare in a new way is not going to be a very good idea. It is the worst idea he said.
Republicans in Congress have been trying to do away with the Medicaid expansion which expanded Medicaid to low-income Americans many of whom had coverage through the former Obamacare program.
Trump said in July he supported the expansion but that it was not working and promised ads in the coming weeks featuring people he meets with on his way to pass his appeal for a three-year extension of the Federal Emergency Management Agencys (FEMA) massive spending assistance.
His comments upset some in his own party particularly after he delivered a speech in which he lauded the limits the federal government was placing on the opioid epidemic.
Trump was set to present the case before a House of Representatives quorum on Thursday but was pushed off-track by a move by Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi who said she would need to take a two-week break after criticizing Trumps counter-plan.
Days before Trump said he was considering taking away Medicaid funding Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan expressed concern over cuts from Medicaid to the state despite declining opioid prescriptions rates.
Weve worked together. I had a fairly nice conversation with the governor. But it was short-lived. And so I thought to myself whats the date? I think were probably gonna be down here for maybe a little bit more Whitmer told CNBC.