The approvals came despite Trump's public complaints as recently as Friday that Whitmer has not shown sufficient appreciation for what his administration has done to fight the pandemic. Again, if you've experienced problems filing, it's because in that time since the first layoffs/ closures took place, the state of MI has seen a 2,100% increase of un-employment filings. Trump said that even though both states are pleading for federal government aid, they haven't been "appreciative" enough of Trump's coronavirus efforts thus far. "If they don't treat you right, I don't call".
Whitmer tweeted in response that she had 'asked repeatedly and respectfully for help, ' adding, 'You said you stand with MI - prove it'.
The disaster declaration makes money available for crisis counseling and other emergency measures.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced another extension to the bill for unemployed workers that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
She wrote on Twitter Saturday: 'Had a good call with @VP this morning. We need it. No more political attacks, just PPEs, ventilators, N95 masks, test kits.
Also today, Gov. Whitmer announced on Twitter that the State of MI received a shipment of 112,800 N95 masks from the strategic national stockpile this morning, with an additional shipment of 8,000 masks on the way.
The Crisis Counseling Program is a direct-support program to provide services for those whose mental health has been impacted by the spread of COVID-19.
A top health official has warned the situation in Detroit, a national "hot spot" for new cases of the coronavirus, will worsen. MI now has over 3,500 confirmed coronavirus cases - a huge rise since last week - and at least 92 people have died from complications from the virus.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on 'CBS This Morning on Friday that Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans 'will have a worse week next week'.
What a shame that the president is putting his petty ego grievances above the health of an entire state of people.
Three counties in the Detroit area - Wayne, Oakland and Macomb - account for 87% of the state's deaths and 82% of the illnesses.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order to reconnect MI residents' water services.
Earlier, at a White House briefing, Trump said that Vice President Mike Pence, who is in charge of the coronavirus response, calls all the governors, but that Trump tells Pence not to call the governors of MI and Washington state, who have been critical of him.
Under the order, public water suppliers must immediately identify homes in their service area that don't now have water service.