John James Meets with President Trump, Hits Sen. Peters for 'Ultra Partisanship'

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Posted: May 21, 2020 5:45 PM
John James Meets with President Trump, Hits Sen. Peters for 'Ultra Partisanship'

Source: AP Photo/Paul Sancya

President Trump paid a visit to Detroit, Michigan to tour a Ford assembly plant that is spearheading efforts to manufacture ventilators and personal protective equipment (ppe). The employees at the Ford plant visited by President Trump, some of whom went on unemployment after the passage of the CARES Act, have been crucial in manufacturing critical resources on a completely voluntary basis. Many of these assembly workers elected to forgo additional unemployment funds in order to manufacture PPE at the plant.

President Trump also met with community leaders and lawmakers in Michigan to discuss the path forward, including GOP Senate candidate John James. The Michigan businessman, Army veteran and rising star in the Republican Party is running to unseat Sen. Gary Peters (D) in November. 

President Trump expressed support for James, hoping to gain another seat in the GOP Senate majority:

Rather than reach across the aisle, in support of his Michigan constituents suffering economic and physical distress from COVID-19, Sen. Peters fundraised via a fear-mongering email to supporters, and took to Twitter to ask for funds on account of President Trump's visit to Michigan. 

James’ campaign called out Sen. Peters’ partisan behavior and use of COVID-19 to fundraise:

“Gary Peters is a career politician who votes with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi nearly 100% of the time. Today his ultra-partisanship is on full display. While I am meeting with President Trump and Michigan community leaders to help underserved communities, Gary Peters is more concerned with lining his campaign coffers,” James said in a release. “Sadly, it’s what we’ve come to expect from career politicians. It’s a very Washington move. Peters will continue to look out for himself, not Michigan.” 

Also notably absent from President Trump’s visit to Michigan was Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), who is vying for Joe Biden’s vice presidential tap.