- Michigan's attorney general Dana Nessel has launched an online feud with President Trump, calling him "an irritated child who refuses to follow the rules."
- Nettle's comments come after the president was photographed without a mask on Thursday during a public visit to a Ford plant in the state.
- Before visiting nettle Trump had sent an open letter, warning her that he had a "legal responsibility" to take measures to prevent the virus from spreading further.
- Trump replied with a series of tweets in which he called Nettle the "Wacky Do Nothing Attorney General of Michigan".
- Nessel also sent a warning to Ford for not allowing the President to wear a mask in front of cameras, and told CNN that she would have "a very serious conversation" with the company.
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Michigan's attorney general Dana Nessel called President Trump "an irritated child who refuses to follow the rules" after not wearing a mask while visiting a Ford factory despite being asked to do so.
The comment came after Trump was seen publicly without a mask on Thursday during a Ford factory tour of the state. He violated the instructions given by the Michigan government, Gretchen Whitmer, that everyone should wear a face cover in an enclosed space.
nettle said CNN on Friday that the president is like "an irritated child who refuses to follow the rules".
"I was angry and upset because I know that for every person who walks into a shop that tells them to wear a mask and they see that the president doesn't wear one, their reaction is: & # 39; The President of the United States doesn't have to wear one. Why should I? & # 39; "she said. "It's not funny, it's people's lives."
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2020
But Nessel fired back and tweeted that she was "impressed," he even knew her name – an indication that Trump had previously described Governor Whitmer as "this Michigan woman."
– Dana nettle (@dananessel) May 22, 2020
The attorneys general's comments come after the president was photographed without a mask during a public visit to a Ford plant in Ypsilanti on Thursday. However, Trump was wearing a mask when he inspected the plant, but decided to remove it while he was in the press.
"I was wearing one. I was wearing it before. I was wearing one in the back," said the president. "But I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it."
Before visiting nettle Trump had sent an open letterwhere she asked him to wear a mask and warned him that he had a "legal responsibility" and a "social and moral responsibility" to take measures to prevent the virus from spreading further.
Nessel also sent a warning to Ford for not allowing the President to wear a mask in front of cameras.
Nessel told CNN: "I think we need to have a very serious conversation with Ford if the president is allowed to be in closed places in violation of the regulation."
"They knew exactly what the command was, and if you allowed someone, even the President of the United States, to oppose the command, I think it would have serious health consequences for their workers," she added.
Nessel also suggested in her tweet that she believes Trump has targeted Michigan's leadership because the governor, foreign minister, and attorney general are all women.
"I think if one of us washes Pompeo's dishes, he might be fine with us. But since we aren't, and we actually run the state of Michigan, he seems to have a real problem," Nessel said to NPR.
It's not the first time that Trump is grappling with Michigan's leadership. He attacked Governor Gretchen Whitmer several times and called her "Gretchen & # 39; Half & # 39; Whitmer" on Twitter.
Earlier this month, the president tweeted in support of armed demonstrators who stormed the state capitol and asked that his order to stay at home be suspended.
Trump went to Twitter to contact Governor Whitmer and wrote: "The Michigan Governor should give a little and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back safely! See they." , talk to them, make a deal. "
Whitmer has since extended the order to stay at home until June 12th but has allowed parts of the state to reopen.
Although her strict coronavirus measures have sparked high-profile protests, surveys have shown that Michiganders largely support her governor and her government's response to the crisis.
Earlier this week, the president angry again over Michigan after Jocelyn Benson, the Secretary of State, announced that due to the COVID 19 pandemic, all 7.7 million registered voters of the state would be sent a mail application for voting in the election August and November.
Trump has threatened to raise federal funds and has made unsupported claims that widespread postal voting promotes "a lot of illegality." He called Benson a "rogue secretary of state. I will ask to stop Michigan funding if they want to go this way of electoral fraud!"
Michigan is a major swing state in the November 2020 presidential election. According to the Public Policy Polling poll, Trump is 51% to 45% behind Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the state.