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Whitmer once again blasts Trump administration's COVID-19 response: 'We desperately need better'

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 16:43:30-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer once again blasted President Donald Trump and his administration for their handling of the COVID-19 response.

Related: Whitmer warns of a 'step backwards' as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Michigan

Speaking to CNN on Wednesday night, Whitmer talked about the increasing COVID-19 cases in Michigan, saying the White House didn't have a national strategy.

"The virus is the enemy," she said. "All they've spent their energy on is turning the American people against one another, and we deserve better and desperately need better."

This is the latest in the ongoing back-and-forth between Trump and Whitmer. The president has blasted Whitmer, falsely saying that Michigan is locked up like a prison.

On Wednesday night, Whitmer even spoke about the president and several members of his inner circle getting COVID-19.

"You would think than an administration that has succumb to the very virus that is killing people across the nation, and depriving us of jobs and opportunity, would take this a little more seriously and have a bit of empathy," she said.

Whitmer also added that she thought the death of Herman Cain would make the administration take it seriously.

She also hit Trump on his rallies, several of which have been held in Michigan over the past weeks, as people are gathering close together with some not wearing masks.

"They are screaming and shouting," she said. "That's how COVID-19 spreads. They're contributing to the crisis that's ravaging this country."

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Michigan, a timeline of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Southeast Michigan, and links to more information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the WHO.

View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.