Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for full federal funding of the Michigan National Guard’s coronavirus activities has been denied, she said Thursday.
Whitmer said her chief of staff received a voicemail from a White House official with President Donald Trump’s decision. That means the state will be required to pay 25% of the National Guard’s cost for assisting with the coronavirus pandemic beginning on Aug. 26.
Trump extended the Michigan National Guard’s coronavirus deployment through the end of 2020 with the cost sharing provision back in August. The federal government had paid 100% of National Guard costs in Michigan from March to August. […]
However, National Guard units in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Connecticut and California will continue with full federal funding. Whitmer called Trump’s decision to fully fund the National Guard in some states but not others “blatantly partisan.”
September 10, 2020
Wall Street Journal
A senior Chinese government official enlisted the help of a top fundraising official at the Republican National Committee to lobby the Trump administration in 2017 to return a Chinese businessman living in the U.S. who has long been sought by Beijing, according to a court document filed in Hawaii last week.
Sun Lijun, China’s then-vice minister of public security, met in a hotel suite in Shenzhen in May 2017 with Elliott Broidy, a venture capitalist and, at the time, national deputy finance chairman of the RNC […]
August 24, 2020
President Donald Trump wanted to shut off emergency relief for California amid devastating wildfires because it was a blue state, and he tried to deliberately separate families to deter immigration, according to a scathing account given by a former administration official on Monday.
In a new ad by the group Republican Voters Against Trump, Miles Taylor, former chief of staff to former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, said Trump was “actively doing damage to our security,” recounting a number of episodes that he said revealed Trump’s inability to lead. Taylor said Trump wanted to expand family separation at the border, withhold emergency funding because of partisan grudges and neglect pressing national security issues for the sake of his political objectives. […]
In the ad, Taylor alleges that Trump asked for funding to be pulled from the Federal Emergency Management Agency during catastrophic wildfires that caused millions of dollars in damage in California, because the state was not part of his political base.
“He told us to stop giving money to people whose houses had burned down because he was so rageful that people in the state of California didn’t support him,” Taylor said.
Trump tweeted in January 2019 that California should stop receiving FEMA money until “they get their act together” on proper forest management. He also blasted the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, in November and threatened to cut off future funding unless the state adopted measures to curb forest fires.
August 17, 2020