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Michigan 'will re-engage' economy when it's safe- Gov. Whitmer

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Published on April 17, 2020 - Duration: 01:46s

Michigan 'will re-engage' economy when it's safe- Gov. Whitmer

"We will re-engage our economy when it's safe," said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer during a Friday news conference in which she said she hoped Trump's 'liberate Michigan' tweet wasn't encouraging more protests.

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Michigan 'will re-engage' economy when it's safe- Gov. Whitmer

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Friday she is hopeful the state can begin to reengage parts of its economy beginning on May 1, days after facing a barrage of criticism for her strict measures to combat the new coronavirus.

Later on Friday, President Donald Trump, who has traded jabs with Whitmer over the state's handling of the outbreak, tweeted: "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!" along with similar tweets naming other states with other Democratic governors.

During a Friday afternoon press conference, Whitmer said she hoped Trump's tweet wasn't encouraging more protests, and that anyone with a high profile should be assuring the public that Americans will get through the outbreak.

"We will re-engage our economy when it's safe," she said.

"The last thing I want to do is to have a second wave here." Trump did not mention Ohio, whose Republican governor has set a similar target for economic reopening.

The chair of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, has criticized Whitmer, saying she was turning Michigan into a "police state." As of Friday, Michigan, a crucial swing state that Trump narrowly won in 2016, had more than 30,000 COVID-19 cases and 2,227 deaths, though Whitmer said the number of new cases was showing signs of leveling off.

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