President Trump again takes swipe at Gov. Hogan over COVID tests

President Trump again takes swipe at Maryland governor over COVID tests

Updated: 12:39 PM EST Nov 22, 2020

President Donald Trump again took a swipe at Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Twitter, this time citing a conservative website’s report on the state’s deal to acquire 500,000 South Korean coronavirus tests.In a tweet posted just before noon Sunday, the president said: “Report: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Anti-Trump Hero, Paid for Flawed Coronavirus Tests from South Korea via @BreitbartNews. This (Republican In Name Only) will never make the grade. Hogan is just as bad as the flawed tests he paid big money for!”The report claims the tests were flawed and never used, something the governor disputes.In a statement released Saturday, the governor said the tests are being deployed at the state’s community-based sites and in nursing homes and congregate living settings. To date, the state has used more than 375,000 of the LabGenomics tests, Hogan said.The test kits from South Korea have drawn criticism over the months for its secrecy and lack of detail. On Wednesday, the 11 News I-Team uncovered details about new spending related to the South Korean coronavirus tests. To date, about three quarters of the tests have been used, according to new accounting the 11 News I-Team obtained Wednesday from a state health official.In a further sign of the governor’s confidence in the deal to buy the tests, a Maryland Department of Health spokesman told the I-Team Wednesday the tests from the South Korean company are used to test the governor and his staff at the governor’s residence.The president last broached the issue in April, saying at a news conference: “I don’t think he needed to go to South Korea. I think he needed to get a little knowledge — would have been helpful.”It’s no secret that there’s no love lost between the president and the governor. In the election, Hogan cast his mail-in ballot by writing in Ronald Reagan for president.In July, Hogan brushed off the president’s attempts to strong-arm states into fully reopening schools in the fall.

President Donald Trump again took a swipe at Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Twitter, this time citing a conservative website’s report on the state’s deal to acquire 500,000 South Korean coronavirus tests.

In a tweet posted just before noon Sunday, the president said: “Report: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Anti-Trump Hero, Paid for Flawed Coronavirus Tests from South Korea via @BreitbartNews. This (Republican In Name Only) will never make the grade. Hogan is just as bad as the flawed tests he paid big money for!”

The report claims the tests were flawed and never used, something the governor disputes.

In a statement released Saturday, the governor said the tests are being deployed at the state’s community-based sites and in nursing homes and congregate living settings. To date, the state has used more than 375,000 of the LabGenomics tests, Hogan said.

The test kits from South Korea have drawn criticism over the months for its secrecy and lack of detail. On Wednesday, the 11 News I-Team uncovered details about new spending related to the South Korean coronavirus tests. To date, about three quarters of the tests have been used, according to new accounting the 11 News I-Team obtained Wednesday from a state health official.

In a further sign of the governor’s confidence in the deal to buy the tests, a Maryland Department of Health spokesman told the I-Team Wednesday the tests from the South Korean company are used to test the governor and his staff at the governor’s residence.

The president last broached the issue in April, saying at a news conference: “I don’t think he needed to go to South Korea. I think he needed to get a little knowledge — would have been helpful.”

It’s no secret that there’s no love lost between the president and the governor. In the election, Hogan cast his mail-in ballot by writing in Ronald Reagan for president.

In July, Hogan brushed off the president’s attempts to strong-arm states into fully reopening schools in the fall.

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