GOP Governor Criticizes Trump for Telling Citizens to Not Take Pandemic Seriously: He's Sending 'Mixed Messages'

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan criticized President Donald Trump Tuesday for sending "mixed messages" during the coronavirus pandemic.

"His entire administration is telling everyone to take it seriously while he tells everybody to not take it seriously," Hogan told The New York Times, adding that Trump's messaging "has been really bad."

"It is mixed messages—bouncing from one message to the other," the Republican governor said.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

This is not the first time Hogan has criticized the remarks made by Trump during the pandemic. Speaking to ABC News on April 26, Hogan called out the president's remarks on scientists possibly studying disinfectants to combat the virus in the human body.

"[People] listen when the governor holds a press conference, and they certainly pay attention when the president of the United States is standing there giving a press conference about something as serious as this worldwide pandemic," Hogan said. "And I think when misinformation comes out or you just say something that pops in your head, it does send a wrong message."

Trump later said he was speaking sarcastically to the press when he made the comments about disinfectants. Following his remarks, Maryland reported that over 100 calls were made to its emergency hotline about their use. The Maryland Emergency Medical Agency issued an alert telling people that "under no circumstances" should disinfectants be used as treatment for COVID-19.

Hogan, who is also the chair of the National Governors Association, told the Times he has been leading the governors' response to "one of the biggest crises in our lifetime" and may be considering a 2024 run for the presidency.

"After this November election is over, regardless of who wins, there are a large majority of Americans who are completely convinced our political system is fundamentally broken, and they're going to be looking for something different," Hogan said.

The governor has also written a book titled Still Standing: Surviving Cancer, Riots, a Global Pandemic, and the Toxic Politics That Divide America, which is scheduled for release on July 28.

In publicity materials that go along with the book, Hogan quotes a National Journal article that says he is "well-positioned for a presidential run," according to the Times.

The governor is planning multiple virtual events with well-known Republicans to accompany the book's release, including events with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Governor Larry Hogan
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan speaking on April 17 in Annapolis. He recently criticized President Donald Trump for sending "mixed messages" during the coronavirus pandemic. Chip Somodevilla/Getty