Newsom Praises Trump as ‘Proactive’ in Coronavirus Response
April 4, 2020 | by James G. Dalton
California Gov. Gavin Newsom praised President Donald Trump for his “proactive” response to the coronavirus outbreak during an interview with “The View” after host Joy Behar asked if he was complimenting Trump to secure his support.
“Governor, it’s no secret that you’ve had a combative relationship with Trump in the past, but lately, you’ve been praising him for the help he’s giving. Of course, you have to, because look at how he treats governors who don’t kiss his ring,” Behar asked Newsom, according to Mediaite. “The governor of Washington, the governor of Michigan, he said they were not appreciative and told Mike Pence, ‘don’t call them back.’ Do you feel like you have to feed this guy’s ego to get the respirators, to get the PPEs, is that what’s going on?”
Newsom admitted that although he’s taking part in “at least 68 lawsuits with the Trump administration,” and “there’s no question we’ve had our differences of opinion on many issues,” he feels that he has a strong relationship with the administration.
“All I can say is that, from my perspective, the relationship has been strong,” the governor said. “I’m not doing it to kiss the ring, I’m not doing it in a way, you know, — I’m just being forthright with the president. He returns calls, he reaches out, he’s been proactive.”