ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – The nation’s governors were priming for battle against the coronavirus as early as February, but the head of the National Governors Association says President Trump’s lackadaisical approach to the spreading disease hindered a national response. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Trump initially was “downplaying” the threat despite grave warnings from top national experts. Hogan says the biggest mistake in the first couple of months was not developing a national testing strategy. He says throughout the pandemic, the federal government was not assisting the states enough with testing. Hogan says now the nation needs to put more resources into testing and contact tracing to identify and stop the spread.

GOV. LARRY HOGAN