Washington Governor Jay Inslee Says Trump 'Can't Even Seem to Tell the Truth When He's Helping'

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee disputed President Donald Trump's recollection of a recent call between the Trump administration and governors on tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

During a town hall on Fox News, the president spoke about the call and mentioned Inslee specifically.

"I was on that call for an hour and a half. I stayed right till the end. And at the end I said does anybody need anything?" Trump said on Sunday night.

"We had one governor, Inslee, who's always wanting something. And, frankly, he didn't do a very good job on nursing homes as far as I'm concerned. State of Washington.

"And he said, we need swabs. I said why don't you get them yourself? But if you can't, we'll get them."

Trump added that swabs are "easy to get."

In a tweet after the president's comments, Democrat Inslee wrote: "Pres. Trump can't even seem to tell the truth when he's helping.

"In fact, @HHSGov told me on that call they are sending us hundreds of thousand of swabs, and confirmed it days ago.

"I'm just glad we're getting what we need to keep Washingtonians safe and move toward recovery."

Inslee then shared a link to an April 30 release from his office announcing the federal support for Washington in securing testing supplies for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus.

Part of that release included an announcement that Washington would receive 500,000 swabs thanks to the federal effort.

The White House has been asked for comment.

During his Fox News town hall, Trump offered praise to some governors he has gotten to know during the crisis, though he said there are "a few exceptions" who are "just political machines."

"I will say that they really have done, a lot of them, a great job. And we've worked with them," Trump said.

The U.S. is the epicenter of the pandemic and Washington was initially one of the worst-affected states, though its situation has since improved amid a lockdown.

According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, there are nearly 1.16 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S out of 3.52 million worldwide. The chart below from Statista details the number of cases confirmed by each state.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases across the U.S. Statista

There are just over 15,000 cases in Washington state, shows data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 830 deaths.

By comparison, New York, the worst affected state in the U.S., has more than 307,500 confirmed cases and over 23,800 deaths.

Last week, Inslee extended the stay-at-home order for his state through to the end of May.

"We're turning the dial," Inslee said at a Friday briefing, adding that the extension will allow the state government "to take some initial and immediate steps for reopening."

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Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and other leaders speak to the press on March 28, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Karen Ducey/Getty Images

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