WASHINGTON — Colorado Governor Jared Polis discussed COVID-19 recovery plans Wednesday in Washington D.C. with President Donald Trump, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota was also in the meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House.
Polis talked to the president and other leaders during the meeting to ask for more federal support in Colorado during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“As Governor, I must do everything I can for Coloradans, this is a time for all Americans to work together because we all have a common foe that is COVID-19 and the economic devastation it has caused. I wanted to update the President on what is going on in the real world and how he and the federal government can be a better partner in helping our state get the supplies we need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Polis said. I shared with the President how Coloradans are working together to slow the spread of the virus, wearing masks and taking cautious steps to help our Colorado economy rebound by using data and science every step of the way. We look forward to a continued partnership with the federal government, the private sector, and anyone who can help Colorado get the supplies our communities need.”
Polis took to social media during his travels across the country asking Coloradans what they wanted to hear from the president.
Polis said the lawmakers discussed testing, the level of infection, supplies, spring skiing, and what Colorado has done to re-open the state.
“One of the reasons that an invitation from the president is always an invitation you can’t refuse is the opportunity to advance Colorado’s needs,” he said. “And how we can better partner with the federal government to be able to make sure we have the testing and the supplies that can literally translate into saving lives in our state.”
Polis credited both the Trump administration and Senator Gardner for helping to secure COVID-19 tests for Colorado.
Polis also described what it was like to fly to D.C., getting tested before being allowed in with others and he explained everyone had tested negative. That — in response to questions over why he’d been seen without a mask during the event.
In the end no matter who the enemy is or what the end goal is the same.
“We want to make sure that while people are able to have a fulfilling life, economically, psychologically. It’s also as safe as possible from a health perspective,” Polis said.
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