Trump approves disaster declaration for Michigan despite sparring with state's governor

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE approved Michigan's disaster declaration late Friday after feuding publicly with the state's governor, Gretchen WhitmerGretchen Whitmer Watch live: Whitmer provides update on COVID-19 in Michigan Multiple GOP Michiganders test positive for COVID-19 after district meeting White House on Whitmer's handling of pandemic: She's shown 'serious' grit MORE (D).

Earlier Friday, Trump went after Whitmer in his press conference, saying that she "has no idea what's going on."

Trump went on to say he wants the governors to be grateful for what he has done for the country during the coronavirus outbreak.

"I want them to be appreciative. I don’t want them to say things that aren’t true," Trump said. "I want them to be appreciative. We’ve done a great job. And I’m not talking about me. I’m talking about [Vice President] Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePelosi says she would have put up a fight against Capitol mob: 'I'm a street fighter' Trump alumni launch America First Policy Institute Biden's policies are playing into Trump's hands MORE, the task force. I’m talking about FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers."

As head of the White House's coronavirus task force, Pence has been in frequent contact with the country's governors, but Trump said he instructed Pence not to reach out to Whitmer and Washington state Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal after pushback The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause Overnight Energy: Michigan reps reintroduce measure for national 'forever chemicals' standard |  White House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill MORE (D), who have both been critical of the president's handling of the pandemic.

"You know what I say? If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call," Trump added.

Late Friday night, Whitmer tweeted for the head-butting to stop.

“I've asked repeatedly and respectfully for help,” Whitmer said. “We need it. No more political attacks, just PPEs [personal protective equipment], ventilators, N95 masks, test kits. You said you stand with Michigan — prove it.”

Trump's approval now makes Michigan eligible to receive more federal aid and assistance and funds crisis counseling for those who have been personally affected by COVID-19.
Michigan joins a growing list of states and territories that have had their disaster declarations approved by Trump this week, including Massachusetts, Guam, Puerto Rico, Missouri, Maryland, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and Florida.
Also on Friday, Trump signed into law Congress's $2 trillion stimulus package in an attempt to buoy the U.S. economy as the pandemic has ground much of American life to a halt.
The U.S. has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world, with more than 104,800, according to Johns Hopkins University.