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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE approved Michigan's disaster declaration late Friday after feuding publicly with the state's governor, Gretchen WhitmerGretchen Whitmer Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise' Democrats condemn Trump's rhetoric against Michigan governor as allies defend rally Sunday shows - Trump Michigan rally grabs the spotlight 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 PenceForeign policy is on the ballot in 2020; so is American credibility Why your House vote could decide who becomes president Trump refuses to disavow QAnon 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 InsleeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden would face hurdles undoing Trump environmental rollbacks | Biden team weighs climate 'czar': report | Donald Trump Jr. urges hunters to vote for his father Biden would face hurdles undoing Trump environmental rollbacks Barr asked prosecutors to explore charging Seattle mayor over protest zone: report 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.