CNN’s Anderson Cooper gave California Governor Gavin Newsom every opportunity to criticize President Trump during an interview on Friday but he took the high road and refused to do so.
The Democratic governor said Trump has been helpful in combating the spread of the coronavirus and necessary in the fight against its spread in his state.
Newsom went as far as to say he would “simply be lying” if he said anything other than Trump was doing all he could to help California during the ongoing pandemic.
Cooper started the interview off noting Newsom and Trump’s colorful past, the two trading sharp words on a number of occasions.
“You’ve had differences with the president in the past, tough words on both sides. [But] you’ve been able to work together it seems in this for the needs of your state,” Cooper said during a segment on “Anderson Cooper 360,” BizPac Review reports.
Newsom, confirming his tendency to clash with the Republican president, responded: “We’re involved in 68 lawsuits with the Trump administration. I’ve been on your show, I haven’t been timid, he certainly hasn’t been timid.”
But, the two have been on the exact same page, working together during the coronavirus.
“But I got to say this, it’s just a fact, I’d be lying to you, I’d be lying to the American people – every single direct request that he was capable of meeting, he has met,” Newsom continued. “We have the USNS Mercy in California because of his direct intervention and support. Two thousand of these federal medical stations because of his direct support.”
BizPac Review reports the “U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy was deployed last month to help Los Angeles-area hospitals to care for those with COVID-19.”
“So I can only speak for myself, but I have to be complementary,” the governor added. “Otherwise I would be simply lying to you, misleading you, and that is a wonderful thing to be able to say and I hope that continues.”
“This has been a remarkable moment where at least we have been able to rise above that partisanship,” the Californian concluded.
BizPac Review reports:
California has seen over 21,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and nearly 600 deaths. Newsom attributed the lower numbers to the fact that residents are “staying at home & physically distancing.”
Though the president has been slammed by critics for injecting optimism in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Newsom did much the same in his conversation with CNN.
“Finally, your message to Californians, to all Americans about where we are, what lies ahead,” Cooper asked at the end of the segment Friday.
“Stay the course. Stay the course,” Newsom replied.
“Let us not run, as I said, the 90-yard dash,” he added. “If we stay the course we’ll get this economy back sooner, we’ll save lives, we’ll avoid a second wave, we’ll buy ourselves time for more and better treatment and of course a vaccine and kind of immunity, herd immunity that ultimately will get this economy back on its feet and get Americans back at work and back spending more time with their family and less time at home.”