With all the talk about President Trump politicizing the crisis and trying to help Republican states, the praise from Newsom is significant.
Out of the 40 million people who live in California, Trump is likely to get about seven votes.
It’s obvious that the president is constantly on the phone during this crisis, talking to governors and world leaders, and meeting with his staff. Whatever his inadequacies at the beginning of it — some of which were no doubt abetted or exacerbated by the impeachment — Trump is working this crisis like no other president I can imagine.
Grudgingly, I’d say the only one in recent memory who would have worked as hard and communicated as frequently with others would have been Bill Clinton, who had similar levels of stamina and intensity.
At least when he wasn’t, you know, distracted.
According to the Washington Examiner:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he’d by “lying” if he did not credit President Trump for adequately handling the coronavirus pandemic.
During an interview with CNN on Wednesday, network anchor Jake Tapper asked if Newsom felt pressured to compliment the Trump administration to receive federal assistance to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
“Do you find yourself, by necessity, tempering what you say in terms of any issues you might have with the federal response?” Tapper asked, to which Newsom said he wants to avoid partisanship during a crisis.
“Let me just be candid with you. I’d be lying to you to say that he hasn’t been responsive to our needs. He has. And so, as a question, as a sort of an offer of objectivity, I have to acknowledge that publicly,” Newsom said.
“The fact is, every time I’ve called the president, he’s quickly gotten on the line,” he said, noting several actions the administration has taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in his state.