Trump knocks Illinois governor, media outlets for coronavirus response criticism

President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE on Sunday blasted Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and media outlets after the Democrat said the federal government had left state governments to compete for resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

.@JBPritzker, Governor of Illinois, and a very small group of certain other Governors, together with Fake News @CNN& Concast (MSDNC), shouldn’t be blaming the Federal Government for their own shortcomings. We are there to back you up should you fail, and always will be!” Trump tweeted.


The tweet came after Pritzker said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that states were overpaying for personal protective equipment. Pritzker told the network that rather than a competition, it “should have been a coordinated effort by the federal government.”

Pritzker told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperPelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022 Biden frustration with Fox News breaks through surface The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden's public moment of frustration MORE that Illinois had only received a fraction of the supplies requested and that he had been forced into direct competition with other governors such as California’s Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNewsom, California lawmakers reach deal on COVID-19 sick pay California bill would require all schoolchildren to be vaccinated against COVID-19 Virginia's Youngkin gets the DeSantis treatment from media MORE (D) and New York’s Andrew Cuomo (D).

Trump has repeatedly hit back at Democratic governors who have criticized the federal response to the virus, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), whom he called “the failing Michigan governor” last week.