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Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, May 24, 2019 | Nick Manes
In her last COVID-19 press update before Thanksgiving, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday criticized state Republican leadership and President Donald Trump for focusing more on baseless election fraud claims than on legislation to help Americans during the ongoing pandemic.
State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) are set to visit Trump at the White House Friday. The meeting is largely considered to be a play to urge GOP leadership to unlawfully overturn election results in Michigan and hand the victory to Trump instead.
“The president has spent more energy spreading untruths about the election outcome than he has listening to health experts and protecting American people,” Whitmer said.
Whitmer added that she, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) sent a letter Thursday to congressional leaders urging them to swiftly pass a COVID-19 relief bill that “meets the scale of this crisis.”
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She noted that she offered both Shirkey and Chatfield a chance to sign on to the letter, but both declined.
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