Illinois governor fires back at Trump over coronavirus: 'Get off Twitter & do your job'

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) hit back at President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE after the president attacked him and other governors who have criticized the federal response to coronavirus Sunday.

‘You wasted precious months when you could've taken action to protect Americans & Illinoisans. You should be leading a national response instead of throwing tantrums from the back seat,” Pritzker tweeted Sunday. “Where were the tests when we needed them? Where's the PPE [personal protective equipment]? Get off Twitter & do your job.”


Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that Pritzker 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” after Pritzker told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCarson calls for local leaders to 'condemn vandalization of statues,' 'dismantle autonomous zones' Officials couldn't reach Trump on golf course to delete retweet of video showing man chanting 'white power': report Democratic officials, governors push for nationwide mask mandate as administration defends state-by-state approach MORE that an inadequate federal response had forced states affected by the virus to compete for resources, telling Tapper it “should have been a coordinated effort by the federal government.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) also blasted the tweet, telling Trump to “please step up and be a leader.”

“While you have been yammering about hoaxes and fake news, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit all over America. @GovPritzker and others have filled this country’s leadership gap. Lead or get out of their way,” Lightfoot added.