The federal government "doesn't want to fund the big black hole deficits" that many states had long before the COVID-19 emergency, but still, the Trump administration is working closely with the nation's governors to help with the recovery efforts, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Thursday.
"Nobody cares what political party they are from when they sit in the Oval Office with the president of the United States," Conway said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "I think the governors are super smart to come to the White House and present their plans to our medical and financial experts to look for guidance."
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, one of the leaders meeting at the White House this week, has been "fantastic" to work with while his state was one of the hardest hit.
"We have surged supplies to the state, obviously," said Conway, adding that the Navy's ship Comfort had been open to New Jersey patients as well as those from New York.
"If New Jersey was a country, it would be in the top 10 or 15, some crazy statistic, along with New York, in terms of hardest hit and the number of cases. So I think they did a terrific job."
There have been several other important collaborations with the White House, such as calls between President Donald Trump and the heads of professional sports teams.
"If they present their plans and get guidance along the way, then they have a shot also for the economic and emotional reopening of our great sports," said Conway. "We are in a medical and financial crisis at the same time and we're navigating them."
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