California Gov. Newsom praises Trump administration's coronavirus relief efforts

The governor said that Trump has met 'every single direct request that he was capable of meeting.'

Updated: April 11, 2020 - 8:59pm

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California Governor Gavin Newsom is offering strong words of praise for President Trump, stating that the president, through his administration's effort to help fight the coronavirus in that state, has met "every single direct request that he was capable of meeting."

Newsom made the laudatory remarks in an interview Friday with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I have to be complimentary, otherwise I would be simply lying to you," he said of the Trump administration's relief measures. 

California has had one of the more significant coronavirus outbreaks in the United States, logging over 22,000 infections and 630 deaths as of Saturday night. Newsom put his state under an extended, near-total lockdown last month. 

The Trump administration dispatched the Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy to Los Angeles last month in order to provide overflow hospital beds to assist with the state's expected surge of coronavirus patients. Newsom said the ship was sent to the city "because of [the president's] direct intervention."  

The governor also noted the administration's deployment of 2,000 federal medical stations to the state. 

Remarking on his praise of Trump, Newsom told Cooper that it is "a wonderful thing to be able to say, and I hope that continues."