Trump says he got a ‘very nice call’ from Walz
Just three days after seemingly encouraging Minnesotans to defy the state’s ‘stay at home’ order, President Donald Trump said he and his staff are working to help Gov. Tim Walz.
Monday morning, Trump tweeted, "Received a very nice call from @GovTimWalz of Minnesota. We are working closely on getting him all he needs, and fast. Good things happening!"
Received a very nice call from @GovTimWalz of Minnesota. We are working closely on getting him all he needs, and fast. Good things happening!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2020
On Friday, as protesters rallied outside the Governor’s Residence, Trump tweeted, "LIBERATE MINNESOTA!"
LIBERATE MINNESOTA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
Walz said Friday afternoon that he’d tried to call Trump directly to talk about his tweet and the pandemic but didn’t get to talk to him.
Republicans, both locally and nationally, have pushed for coronavirus-related restrictions to be lifted so businesses and employees can get back to work. However, Walz and health officials have warned that reopening things too soon would only worsen the problem, with the governor adding that he’s listening to the advice of state health officials.
Last week, Trump proposed a phased plan to reopen the economy but said each state would make its own decisions on how quickly to reopen businesses.
It’s unclear exactly what Trump is working to get the state, but Walz has previously voiced frustration with the state’s difficulties getting personal protective equipment and testing supplies from the federal government. However, Walz has been measured in his criticism of Trump.
Walz is scheduled to hold a news conference Monday afternoon with Ecolab CEO Doug Baker to discuss the role of public-private partnerships in Minnesota’s fight against COVID-19. St. Paul-based Ecolab is a major producer of sanitation products. Administration officials are also expected to discuss the outbreak of COVID-19 at the JBS pork plant in Worthington.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.