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Washington’s Governor Accuses Trump of 'Fomenting Domestic Rebellion' After 'Liberate' States Calls

© AP Photo / Ted S. WarrenWashington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference, Monday, April 13, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee appointed Pierce County Superior Court Judge G. Helen Whitener to the Washington Supreme Court to replace Justice Charles Wiggins, who retired from the court at the end of March
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference, Monday, April 13, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee appointed Pierce County Superior Court Judge G. Helen Whitener to the Washington Supreme Court to replace Justice Charles Wiggins, who retired from the court at the end of March - Sputnik International
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On Friday, Donald Trump published some provocative tweets, calling upon residents of three American states to “liberate” themselves, following ongoing protests against coronavirus restrictions, making some Democratic governors extremely unhappy.

The Democratic governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, issued a fierce condemnation of Donald Trump’s Friday tweets, accusing the US president of encouraging “illegal violence and dangerous acts”, as well as risking the lives of millions of people with coronavirus infection.

“The president is fomenting domestic rebellion and spreading lies - even while his own administration says the virus is real, it is deadly and we have a long way to go before restrictions can be lifted”, the governor wrote on Twitter.

The comments came after Donald Trump published a series of tweets on Friday morning, calling upon the citizens of Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia to “liberate” their states in support of several protesters in these Democrat-governed territories in relation to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown and self-isolation measures, which some people have found to be too strict and unnecessary.

During a press conference on Thursday, Donald Trump sympathised with protesters for their frustration with lockdown restrictions, arguing that the pandemic has been a “tough process for people” and pointing out that many governors were eager to open their states for business as usual.

“So, that will be a governor's choice, and we'll have no problem with it”, the president said.

On Thursday, the White House also issued a number of guidelines for states to gradually lift quarantine measures and open businesses, endowing governors around the US with broad powers to decide when these steps can be taken.

US President Donald Trump arrives with Vice President Mike Pence to lead the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, US, 9 April 2020 - Sputnik International
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However, according to Inslee, this “sensible” plan and anti-pandemic work have been undermined by “the president’s irresponsible actions”.

The two politicians have traded barbs in the past, with Trump calling Inslee a “snake”, while mocking his unsuccessful presidential run.

According to the most recent data provided by the Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 706,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, around 40,000 of which have been reported in Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia alone.  

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