Politics Whitmer traveled out of Michigan to see ill father in Florida despite COVID-19 guidance
Gretchen Whitmer's Office Pushes Back After Report That Aide Posted Facebook Pics From FL Beach
The Michigan governor's press secretary calls report "a partisan attack from a garbage white nationalist website."The response came after Whitmer's Chief Operating Officer, Tricia Foster, posted photos of her teenage daughter and her teenage daughter's friends on a beach, according to screenshots obtained by the conservative publication. The images of social media comments include mentions of Siesta Key, Florida, spring break and Foster's son, who she wrote was missing from the photos because he was "home with covid.
Gov. ventured to recently to visit her ill father despite guidance against travel in the state.
Tiffany Brown, the governor's communications director, said on Monday that Whitmer visited her father more than a month ago but within the past six months.
She insisted the travel did not happen on spring break and said the governor went "to assist her elderly father who is battling a chronic illness,"
Whitmer's father "was fully vaccinated and the governor is tested regularly and has never tested positive for COVID," Brown said, adding that the travel was not at the expense of taxpayers.
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Brown would not tell the outlet where or when precisely the trip took place, citing "ongoing security concerns." Whitmer's office also acknowledged that Whitmer left the state two other times in the past six months to attend President Joe Biden's inauguration and visit Michigan's National Guard troops sent to the U.S. Capitol after the Jan. 6 riot.
"All trips were very brief, two full days or less," Brown said, adding that her boss "closely followed public health guidelines."
On April 5, Michigan's Department of Health and Human Serviceswarning residents that travel could increase the risk of spread of COVID-19.
"We recommend that you do not travel at this time," the department said. "Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19."
Gretchen Whitmer Says GOP Leaders Still Haven't Apologized to Her for Misogynistic Attacks
The governor addressed the recent remarks made by Michigan Republican Party chairman Ron Weiser in which he referred to her as a 'witch.'The Quote
Others in Whitmer's administration have alsoincluding Elizabeth Hertel, the director of Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services, and Tricia Foster, her chief executive officer.
"I'm not going to get distracted by partisan hit jobs on my team. There have never been travel restrictions in Michigan. There just haven't been," Whitmer said at a Wednesday press conference. "What directors do on their personal time is their business, so long as they are safe, which is what we're asking everyone in this state do to: Get vaccinated, mask up."
"Gretchen Whitmer’s blatant display of hypocrisy is an insult to every single Michigander impacted by her lockdown orders and travel warnings," Ted Goodman, communications director of the Michigan Republican Party, said in a. "Not only did Whitmer and her top staffers vacation to Florida, but they tried to keep it a secret because for Whitmer, it's — rules for thee, but not for me."
As Gretchen Whitmer Asks for More COVID Shots, CDC's Walensky Urges Michigan to 'Shut Things Down'
"I think if we try to vaccinate our way out of what is happening in Michigan, we would be disappointed that it took so long for the vaccine to work," Walensky said Monday.But Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said Monday that vaccinations alone won't be enough to combat the state's spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
The Washington Examiner reached out to Whitmer's office for further comment but did not immediately hear back.
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