Trump to visit Maine; Gov. Mills wants him to ‘check the rhetoric at the door’

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills urged Republican President Donald Trump to “check the rhetoric at the door” when he pays a go to Friday to a producer of specialised swabs utilized in testing for the coronavirus.

Mills criticized the president’s strident tone throughout a teleconference during which he accused governors of being “weak” and urged them to “dominate” cities and cities besieged by racial unrest and to arrest and imprison protesters.

“Abandon the divisive language that sows seeds of distrust among our people,” she stated Monday. “Lead with trust and compassion.”

Guilford-based Puritan Medical Products is within the means of opening a second manufacturing website with a aim of roughly doubling month-to-month manufacturing to 40 million swabs per thirty days by August or September.

The Trump administration is offering $75.5 million by the Defense Production Act to spice up manufacturing. The Guilford-based firm hopes to have the second manufacturing facility in Pittsfield operating by July 1.

Word of the presidential go to got here throughout a dialogue between Trump and governors following a weekend of demonstrations, some violent, following the demise of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

About 300 folks in Maine’s largest metropolis marched on Sunday, blocking visitors and leaving graffiti on the police headquarters.

But that was gentle compared to harm and destruction brought on by protests elsewhere across the nation.

Trump urged governors to “dominate” the protesters: “You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again.”

A former prosecutor and legal professional normal, Mills inquired about which federal statute can be used to cost protesters. She additionally requested the president about intelligence that he claimed to have linking protesters to the Occupy Wall Street motion. She stated she didn’t get passable solutions.

The governor additionally commented about issues concerning the president’s safety, anxious that his combative feedback and lack of empathy may additional rile protesters.

“What we need right now is to heal. To heal from this virus that is robbing citizens of their breath and their life, to heal from the actions that robbed George Floyd of his dignity, his breath, his life,” she stated.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who’s looking for reelection and has criticized his actions at instances, received’t be accompanying the president. She visited Puritan final month and can be working Friday in Washington.