Trump: Kansas governor doing ‘fantastic job’ on coronavirus

May 20, 2020 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has received the kind of praise from President Donald Trump that Republicans in her home state of Kansas would love to hear about themselves.

Kelly met with the Republican president Wednesday in Washington to discuss the coronvirus pandemic, along with GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas.

Trump said, “They’ve both done a fantastic job.”

Kelly said before leaving for Washington that she would discuss outbreaks in meatpacking plants, a major source of new cases in Kansas, and press Trump to support direct aid to states to help them cover revenue shortfalls tied to the nation’s economic slump.

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A YouTube video of a session with reporters showed Trump touting his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

As for Kelly, she remained quiet as Trump said she’d been on coronavirus calls with the White House and, “I know she will speak her mind, and so will some of the others.”

“If she was unhappy, she’d be letting you know it,” Trump said.

In April, Kelly said the federal coronavirus effort “really is not good enough” as she expressed frustration over struggling to get testing supplies. But she’s since praised the Trump administration for how it responded to outbreaks in meatpacking plants.