GOP Maryland Governor: Now Is ‘The Worst Possible Time’ To Reopen Economy

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) is interviewed by Fox News' Bill Hemmer at Fox News Studios on August 1, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) stated in no uncertain terms on Thursday that reopening the economy right now during the COVID-19 outbreak really isn’t an option, despite President Donald Trump’s wishes.

“It’d really be the worst possible time for us to try to put more people out there and endanger them,” the governor said during an interview on NBC’s “3rd Hour of TODAY.”

Hogan, who leads the National Governors Association, mentioned that he and his colleagues would be speaking to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence later on in the day to discuss the federal government’s guidelines.

However, there are several “building blocks” that all the states need to attain before they allow non-essential businesses to reopen, according to Hogan: Increased testing, the ability for health experts to do contact tracing, procuring all the PPEs that medical professionals need and ensuring the hospitals have the overall capability to handle the outbreak.

“Everybody wants to get our economy back and get people back to work and get our small businesses open,” Hogan said. “But we also want to make sure we do it in a safe way and we’re not just ramping things back up and endangering the lives of thousands of people.”

He isn’t the only governor to push back against Trump’s demand to reopen the economy, or even the only GOP governor to do so: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) have also said their states weren’t ready to go back to business, and Democratic governors have agreed.

Watch Hogan below:

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  1. Not if you listen to FauxNews…

    What’s 2-3% of total mortality If we open our schools…

    This cavalier attitude of American Covid mortality from Trump/GOP and their lackeys are pure EVIL!

    Meanwhile, while the BIGCorp is taking 81.8% of the Cares relief funding…Those earning less than 75k will get $1200 of 10 weeks!

  2. Larry, keep talking sense like this and you’re gonna transform into a Democrat.

  3. Maybe the republican governor will join these guys. George T. Conway III, Reed Galen, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver and Rick Wilson

    Today, the United States is beset with a president who was unprepared for the burden of the presidency and who has made plain his deficits in leadership, management, intelligence and morality.

    Biden is now the presumptive Democratic nominee and he has our support. Biden has the experience, the attributes and the character to defeat Trump this fall. Unlike Trump, for whom the presidency is just one more opportunity to perfect his narcissism and self-aggrandizement, Biden sees public service as an opportunity to do right by the American people and a privilege to do so.

  4. A Republican with common sense and a smidgen of integrity. A voice in the wilderness.

  5. Hogan—like Charlie Baker in MA—is that rara avis known as a Republican with a Brain that works.

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