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Thu Feb 28, 2019, 05:28 AM

Whitmer: Trump may not understand 'gravity' of tariff damage to Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had what what some would say was the best seat in the White House on Sunday, so she bent President Donald Trump’s ear on tariffs, the Great Lakes and infrastructure.

As the Advance first reported, the Democratic governor was seated right next to the Republican president at the Governors Ball dinner, so Whitmer “had quite a bit of time with him,” she said. Whitmer alluded to the Fiat Chrysler Automotive deal in Southeast Michigan that was announced on Tuesday, she told the Advance in an interview, although she was careful not to reveal any details to Trump.

“He was critically observing General Motors [for job cuts] and I had simply acknowledged that we were going to have some good news here in Michigan. And he asked, ‘What?’ and I said, ‘I’m not at liberty to discuss it,’” Whitmer recalled.

Sure enough, at a meeting with governors the next day, Trump said there will be some “very good news coming up soon” in Michigan.

Read more: https://www.michiganadvance.com/2019/02/27/whitmer-trump-may-not-understand-gravity-of-tariff-damage-to-michigan/

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