Trump Diverted Naval Hospital Ship To Punish WA Gov

Playbook reports:

Dutton Books, part of Penguin Random House, is out today with a paperback version of ABC chief White House correspondent Jon Karl’s “Front Row at the Trump Show” ($18), and it includes some new reporting.

In mid-March of last year, Navy hospital ship Mercy was being deployed to Seattle to alleviate hospitals overburdened with infected Covid-19 patients. Instead, Trump redirected the ship to Los Angeles. The reason? Newsom had been complimentary of him, while Washington Gov. Jay Inslee had been critical.

“Don’t you think we should send it to California? Gavin has been saying such nice things about me,” Trump reportedly said, adding that Inslee was a “showboater” and “a real jerk.” VP Mike Pence was in the room during the exchange, per Karl.

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