President Donald Trump went nuclear on Maryland’s Republican-in-name-only governor over the weekend.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump destroyed Larry Hogan in a scathing tweet Sunday after reports revealed that expensive COVID-19 testing kits purchased by the Maryland governor from South Korea turned out to be faulty.
“This RINO will never make the grade,” Trump wrote in a tweet in response to the news. “Hogan is just as bad as the flawed tests he paid big money for!”
More than $9M wasted
The president’s tweet linked to a Breitbart article that recalled Hogan ordering 500,000 testing kits from South Korea in April. The governor even went so far as to pose for photographs at the airport when the tests arrived, as the Washington Examiner reported.
“Each part of this international collaboration was unprecedented, and required an amazing team effort,” Hogan said in a tweet that included pictures from the tarmac.
“I want to sincerely thank our South Korean partners for assisting us in our fight against this common, hidden enemy,” the governor declared at the time.
But as The Washington Post first revealed Friday, in addition to their high price tag, the tests proved ineffective.
“Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) spent $9.46 million in state funding to import 500,000 coronavirus tests from South Korea that turned out to be flawed and weren’t used, emails, documents and interviews show,” the Post reported.
Hogan hides his failures
According to the Post, the governor then spent another $2.5 million on replacement testing kits while attempting to cover up the scope of his administration’s failure.
The Post reported: “Hogan and his top health and procurement officials withheld the tests’ flaws from the legislature, state spending authorities and the public, according to a review of public testimony and hundreds of pages of emails and other records.”
Known as a long-time opponent of Donald Trump, Hogan voiced support in 2019 for Democratic efforts aimed at impeaching the president, and was quoted in a separate report by The Washington Post as saying, “I don’t see any other way to get to the facts.”
Later that year, he explored the possibility of launching a primary challenge against the president before deciding against the idea. However, Hogan told The Baltimore Sun that he might consider a run for the White House in 2024.