How States are Working with Federal Government on Coronavirus

Headline Roundup March 26th, 2020

Interactions between President Donald Trump and state governors, especially Democrats, have been a focus during the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, as the federal government decides how much help to provide to governors based on the extent of the pandemic's toll in their state.

Three governors of three historically blue states — Gavin Newsom (CA), J.B. Pritzker (IL), and Andrew Cuomo (NY) — have traded jabs with the President, with some media outlets accusing Trump of intentionally withholding help from blue states until they stop criticizing him. Pritzker and Trump are the two richest elected officials in the United States, respectively.

From the Left

President Donald Trump says he’s willing to help blue-state governors who are struggling to contain coronavirus outbreaks — but only if they’re willing to stop criticizing him in exchange.

“It’s a two-way street,” Trump told Fox News on Tuesday. “They have to treat us well, also. They can’t say, ‘Oh, gee, we should get this, we should get that.’”

Trump’s comments came as Andrew Cuomo — the Democratic governor of New York, the state currently at the heart of America’s coronavirus outbreak — pleaded with Trump to do more to...

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From the Center

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At first, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tried to play nice. He limited criticisms of the federal government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and asked for medical supplies through official channels.

But nothing came, so he went on television. The first-term Democrat blasted the Trump administration on Sunday on CNN for failing to help states obtain masks, gloves and other protective gear.

It got President Donald Trump’s attention. After a Twitter feud and some mudslinging (Pritzker compared Trump to a “carnival barker”), the two got on the...

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From the Right

WASHINGTON — Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a stinging rebuke of the Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package on Wednesday, saying the hard-hit Empire State had been shortchanged.

“It would be really terrible for the state of New York,” Cuomo said at his daily press conference, claiming New York State would receive just under $4 billion in funding from the huge package.

Cuomo said the figure was a paltry sum compared to the estimated $15 billion in lost revenue New York budget officials estimate will hit the state budget.

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