LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – In recent days both Donald Trump and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette have said and done things that Governor Rick Snyder does not agree with.
Governor Rick Snyder was at the farmers market buying some sweet corn, but he was not buying some of the rhetoric from Donald Trump nor Bill Schuette when it comes to Flint water and the state of Michigan’s economy.
The latest disagreement between the Republican Governor and the Republican Attorney General in the Flint water crisis has to do with attempts by Mr. Schuette to block the Governor’s health department from interfacing with local health officials in Flint.
Part of the reason apparently is some of the state employees in the health department are under investigation and the Attorney General’s has office convinced the courts to ban them from talking with the locals.
The Governor is filing an appeal to overturn the ban. The Governor claims unless his department officials are involved, the health of Flint residents could be at risk.
“It’s a secret order. I believe in transparency on issues like that and we want to make sure we’re protecting the public health and I believe that could constrain us from doing that.”
Mr. Schuettes’ office says it has taken steps to address the Governor’s concerns.
On another front last Friday presidential candidate Donald Trump came on stage and told his followers that the manufacturing sector in Michigan was a disaster.
Governor Snyder took exception to that. “No. Michigan, we lead the nation in creating manufacturing jobs,” said Gov. Snyder. “And we should be proud of that.”
So how could Mr. Trump say that? “Um, I’m not going to make any commentary on what presidential candidates are saying,” explains the governor.
So when will the governor comment on that? “Probably wait until there’s another presidential election and I’m not governor anymore,” he says with a laugh.
Bottom line: don’t look for any pithy comments from the Governor on Mr. Trump.