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President Trump says 'good things happening' for Minnesota after 'very nice call' from Gov. Walz

It marks a shift from his tweet on Friday backing an anti-shutdown protest in St. Paul.
Gov. Walz and Pres. Trump

President Donald Trump said he received a "very nice call" from Minnesota's Gov. Tim Walz, and signaled his administration will assist the state in its coronavirus efforts.

In a tweet Monday morning, Trump said: "Received a very nice call from Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota. We are working closely on getting him all he needs, and fast. Good things happening!"

It marks a significant shift from Friday, when Trump tweeted "LIBERATE MINNESOTA" in support of the anti-shutdown protest taking place outside the governor's mansion.

During daily press briefings with Minnesota media, Walz has expressed frustration with the lack of federal strategy in response to the coronavirus outbreak, including limited coordination of testing kits and critical supplies such as PPE, 

But he has stopped short of directly criticizing the president himself, in contrast with the likes of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer, with the president having previously suggested that Vice President Mike Pence not call governors who "don't treat you right."

Walz did express bemusement at his Friday press conference at Trump's apparent support of the Minnesota anti-lockdown protest, noting that the state has been following the guidelines for reopening the economy as set by Trump's administration.

He also revealed he had tried to contact Trump and Pence on Friday, but didn't hear back.

"I called to ask what are we doing different about moving towards about getting as many people back into the workforce without compromising health," he said, "that [answer] will probably take longer than a tweet.

"I'd like to know what we should be doing different. I'd argue we're doing everything they're telling us to do, but the difference is I actually have to do it here and we have to do it here."

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Walz has urged the president to make use of the federal Defense Production Act that allows Trump to direct private manufacturers to produce goods for the nation's response to COVID-19.

But he has also expressed concern that Minnesota may lose out on some of its own resources as a result of this, saying he hopes the state is allowed to retain the testing capacity it is building up via the Mayo Clinic and M Health Fairview.

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