On the eve, the president threatened to deprive the state of federal funding
US President Donald Trump travels to swinging Michigan on Thursday to visit Ford plant amid conflict with the state governor and disagreements over the speed of lifting quarantine restrictions in the country..
Republican Trump, running for re-election this year, urges states to ease restrictions so economies begin to recover.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Democrat, who may run for vice presidency with Joe Biden, has been criticized for refusing to repeal a decree ordering residents to stay at home.
Trump on Wednesday threatened to strip Michigan of federal funding over a plan to send absentee ballots to all voters in the state. Subsequently, the president apparently backed down from this threat..
Trump will visit Ford’s Ypsilanti plant on Thursday. The plant was reequipped for the production of artificial respiration devices and personal protective equipment. The President will also meet with African American community leaders to discuss the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable populations. Earlier, when visiting such factories, the president refused to wear a mask, contrary to the rules.
Trump won Michigan in 2016, becoming the first Republican since 1988 to win the state’s support. Winning Michigan in November elections is an important element of his strategy.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Trump has rarely left Washington and has visited mainly politically important states such as Arizona and Pennsylvania. These trips were more like campaigning events than official visits.. Trump’s usual coronavirus-related crowded political rallies suspended.
Tensions have been raging between the president and Ford executives since the automaker backed an agreement with California in July 2019 to set stricter fuel economy standards than the administration was proposing..
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