Every Tuesday morning, all 50 of the nation’s governors dial into the same COVID conference call where they discuss federal and state responses to the pandemic. Although originally the President and Vice President attended these meetings each week under the Trump administration, Biden and Harris have chosen not to attend the weekly calls.
Every week the governors heard from then Vice President Mike Pence. Pence, who was the head of the White house COVID task force, would lead the discussions with the governors. From time to time then President Donald Trump would drop into the meeting. While the calls continue under the Biden administration, Biden has yet to attend any and Kamala Harris has only been on one.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu stated, “It’s been a real frustration, I think it’s safe to say, for all 50 governors.” Sununu has said he appreciates the presence of Dr. Anthony Fauci and Jeffrey Zients, who is the new White House COVID response coordinator, on the calls but he also stated, “It would go a long way if the president would just get on the phone, or the vice president would get on the phone and take questions. Allow us to ask the folks in charge questions.”
Trump’s administration hosted a total of 40 conference calls with Pence leading 39 of them and Trump participating in eight. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts expressed frustration with the new administration. Ricketts pointed out that Harris has only been on one of the conference calls and only for about four or five minutes without taking any questions. The current leader of these conference calls is Governor Andrew Cuomo as he is the chairman of the National Governors Association.
ARTICLE: DUSTIN RODGERS
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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