Unlike Trump, Pa.’s Wolf, governors in no rush to reopen their states | Thursday Morning Coffee

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

If you needed another reminder of the profound difference in messaging between state governors and the Trump White House, then you didn’t need to look much further than the online news conference that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf held Wednesday.

Twenty-four hours after Trump brazenly disregarded the advice of actual scientists and public health experts with his announcement that he’d like to scrap social distancing requirements and reopen the country by Easter — even as COVID-19 infections grow nationwide — Wolf went the other way, announcing that he was putting two more counties under a stay-at-home order as infections soared past 1,000 confirmed cases.

And nor was he in any hurry Wednesday to follow Trump’s lead. Wolf deferred politely when he asked whether he’d defy the White House if it sent Americans back to work, saying he’s always had a “nice working relationship” with the federal government.

But Wolf’s intent was made clear when he said he was concentrating on giving the state the time it needed to contain the pandemic.

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