California Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged Monday that he asked President Donald Trump for help in obtaining medical swabs to assist his state’s novel coronavirus effort, and that he thanked him for the assist.
But he emphatically denied a New York Times report that the expression of gratitude was a precondition for obtaining the equipment.
“It’s not true,” Newsom said during a news conference Monday. “To the extent we were able to procure those swabs, we were grateful and I expressed gratitude, but no one told me to express it.”
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