WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump faulted Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday over COVID-19 tests the state bought from South Korea.
Hogan is a Republican but is also a frequent critic of Trump. Hogan has called on Trump to concede the 2020 presidential race to Joe Biden.
Hogan faulted Trump again Sunday on CNN. “We’re beginning to look like a banana republic,” the governor said of Trump’s contentions that he won the 2020 election and that Biden has been projected the winner because of voter fraud and flawed election software.
On Sunday, Trump posted a story from conservative media outlet Breitbart which referenced a Washington Post story regarding potential problems with the South Korean tests Maryland acquired on its own earlier this year. The Post story said a first batch of tests acquired by Maryland were flawed and had to be replaced.
“This RINO will never make the grade. Hogan is just as bad as the flawed tests he paid big money for!,” Trump tweeted in reference to the tests.
Hogan responded on Twitter on Sunday faulting Trump’s handling of the virus which originated in China and again called him to concede to Biden
“If you had done your job, America’s governors wouldn’t have been forced to fend for themselves to find tests in the middle of a pandemic, as we successfully did in Maryland. Stop golfing and concede,’ Hogan said responding to Trump.
Hogan also said on CNN Sunday morning he was embarrassed more Republicans have not challenged Trump’s push against the projected election results.
Hogan also discounted the Washington Post story defending the South Korean tests during a briefing on Monday. “We have not had a single problem with a LabGenomics test,” Hogan said.
The Maryland governor was quick to congratulate Biden on his projected win over Trump and has been calling him president-elect. He also stressed on Monday that Biden will be sworn in as U.S. president in January. “Joe Biden is going to be the next president,” Hogan said.
Trump continues to press his case that he won the 2020 race and that Biden was aided by illegal votes and computer software that changed votes after election night.
Courts in numerous states have shot down the Trump campaign’s arguments. A number of more moderate, establishment and neoconservative Republicans including U.S. Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania as well as former Arizona senator Jeff Flake want Trump to concede.
Those Republicans, like Hogan, have previously been critical of Trump and have contrary views on issues such as trade, tariffs as well as foreign policies and the Iraq War. Hogan has been mentioned as a potential 2024 presidential candidate.
Still, Trump continues to stress there was voter fraud that favored Biden in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. He is also faulting Biden — who has set up an Office of the President-elect — for moving forward with transition plans.
“Why is Joe Biden so quickly forming a Cabinet when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to ‘flip’ at least four States, which in turn is more than enough to win the Election? Hopefully the Courts and/or Legislatures will have ....the COURAGE to do what has to be done to maintain the integrity of our Elections, and the United States of America itself. THE WORLD IS WATCHING!!!,” Trump said.
He has also continued to bash media projections of Biden’s Electoral College win and coverage of his vote challenges.
“The Media is just as corrupt as the Election itself!,” Trump said via Twitter.