MD Governor Larry Hogan on Transition Delay: “These Kind[s] of Ridiculous Challenges That Are Not Based in Fact Need to End”

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) condemned President Donald Trump and his administration for not cooperating with the Biden-Harris transition team and urged for the transition to proceed for the sake of the country.

“We need to have the transition begin as soon as possible. These kind[s] of ridiculous challenges that are not based on fact need to end,” Hogan told CNBC’s”Squawk Box.” read more

WATCH: Trump Says When Governors Tell Media They’re Unhappy With His COVID Response, They’re Lying for Politcal Reasons

Many of the country’s governors have been unhappy with the White House’s response and direction when is comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. And this isn’t just a Democratic lawmaker issue, Republicans have been upset as as well.

According to Trump, however, he gets a different message from these governors when he speaks with them on the phone. Today the President said that the lawmakers change their tune when they speak with the media for “political reasons.”

During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Trump told reporters, “The governors of other states, and uh, when we get on the phone with them they’re very happy. That I can tell you.”

The President continued, “No complaints from any of them, they’re very, very happy. What they say to you separately maybe will change for poltical reasons, but they are very happy with the job we’ve done.”

Trump claims all the governors are happy with the job he has done, and they are lying when they talk to the media. pic.twitter.com/jwthiTFtzP

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GOP Maryland Governor: “Waiting Around” for Trump to Run Coronavirus Response Was “Hopeless”

Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, said “waiting around” for President Donald Trump to run the nation’s coronavirus response was “hopeless” during an interview in which he criticized the Trump administration’s response as inadequate.

“Eventually, it was clear that waiting around for the president to run the nation’s response was hopeless; if we delayed any longer, we’d be condemning more of our citizens to suffering and death. So every governor went their own way,” Hogan wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

“So many nationwide actions could have been taken in those early days but weren’t. While other countries were racing ahead with well-coordinated testing regimes, the Trump administration bungled the effort,” he continued, adding: “The test used by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention early on was fraught with inaccuracies, and onerous regulations hindered the nation’s private labs. The resulting disorganization would delay mass testing for almost two months and leave the nation largely in the dark as the epidemic spread.”

Meanwhile, “instead of listening to his own public health experts, the president was talking and tweeting like a man more concerned about boosting the stock market or his reelection plans,” Hogan wrote.

He also took the White House to task for its mixed messaging and attempts to discredit public health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the national authority on the coronavirus response.

“It was jarring, the huge contrast between the experts’ warnings and the president’s public dismissals.,” Hogan observed. “Weren’t these the people the White House was consulting about the virus? What made the briefing even more chilling was its clear, factual tone. It was a harrowing warning of an imminent national threat, and we took it seriously — at least most of us did. It was enough to convince almost all the governors that this epidemic was going to be worse than most people realized.”

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan: GOP Will Be “Looking at What Happens After President Trump”

Larry Hogan has once again suggested that the Republican Party needs to examine what will happen after Donald Trump’s presidency. The Governor of Maryland has been a critic of the President.

Hogan, a Republican, told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday that his party will need to change if it wants to appeal to a wider audience.

“I don’t know what the future holds in November, but I know that the Republican Party is going to be looking at what happens after President Trump, whether that’s in four months or in four years,” Hogan said.

“And I think they’re going to be looking to ‘How do we go about becoming a bigger tent party?‘”

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WATCH: @GovLarryHogan says the Republican party will be “looking at what happens after President Trump, whether that’s in four months or four years.” #MTP #IfItsSunday

"I think they are going to be looking to how do we go about becoming a bigger tent Party." pic.twitter.com/jy9wEgmmTH read more

Republican Governor Who Clashed with Trump Suggests Voters Want “Something Different”

At least one Republican governor is less than enthusiastic about Donald Trump’s reelection bid. Maryland’s Larry Hogan seems to be teasing his own White House run in four years time.

Hogan has clashed with the President over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic and his new interview with The New York Times is unlikely to endear him to the President.

“After this November election is over, regardless of who wins, there are a large majority of Americans who are completely convinced our political system is fundamentally broken, and they’re going to be looking for something different,” Hogan said.

The Maryland governor is embarking on a virtual book tour to promote his memoir Still Standing: Surviving Cancer, Riots, and the Toxic Politics that Divide America.

“We have an election coming up — we’ll see what happens there — but I’ve been leading the nation’s governors through one of the biggest crises in our lifetime,” he said.

Governor Hogan’s lack of enthusiasm for Trump’s reelection hasn’t become outright opposition, but he’s more willing than many serving Republicans to criticize the President.

“It’s mixed messages — bouncing from one message to the other,” Hogan said.

“His entire administration is telling everyone to take it seriously while he tells everybody to not take it seriously.”

There’s been much speculation about a possible Senate or presidential bid. Hogan ruled out the former, despite good polling in his home state.

“I still have 31 months of being governor of Maryland,” he said. “It’s not something I’m actively considering. Senate has not been the focus.”

However, a 2024 White House bad doesn’t seem to be off the cards just yet. Some could see Hogan as a moderate alternative to more pro-Trump voices, such as Senator Tom Cotton.

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