Two of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s top health officials left the restrictive state of Michigan to vacation in free southern states despite warnings from the state’s governor to stay home and stay safe.
Trish Foster, Whitmer’s Chief Operating Officer goes against her own restrictions and recommendations by traveling to Florida with her family. In photos, they were seen without masks and without social distancing.
Just after the news broke about Foster’s travel it was also discovered that Whitmer’s newly appointed HHS Director Elizabeth Hertel also traveled to the free state of Alabama for a vacation with her family. It was later reported that Hertel was vaccinated, but Hertel had only received one dose of the vaccine before leaving the state for a little R & R.
Governor Whitmer responded to the report about her HHS Director heading south when the state of Michigan was experiencing a huge surge in COVID cases, by saying, “I’m not going to get distracted by partisan hit jobs on my team,” adding, “There have never been travel restrictions in Michigan. What directors do on their personal time is their business so long as they are safe which is what we’re asking everyone in the state to do.”
Any wonder Michigan’s Democrat governor wasn’t overly concerned about her two top health officials leaving the state while COVID cases were surging to record levels — as it turns out, Whitmer was also secretly vacationing in Florida while telling residents of her own state to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID.
An aide to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer caused controversy after she posted family photos on social media of her and her family on a beach in Florida.
The aide was acting against Whitmer’s advice regarding traveling amid Michigan’s coronavirus surge.
Michigan coronavirus cases went up to 738,023 and death toll now at 16,500 as of April 10, 2021.
In response, the Governor’s Office said Foster is fully vaccinated and was safe to travel under both CDC and MDHHS guidelines, but the photos do come just days after Whitmer cautioned about traveling to Florida over spring break.
According to a report by MIRS News, who confirmed it with her office, Governor Whitmer made the trip about a month ago that was confirmed by the governor’s office.
Whitmer’s travel to Florida contradicts her Administration’s 14 months of shutdown orders, lockdowns, and calls for Michiganders to stay home to stay safe.
“Gretchen Whitmer’s blatant display of hypocrisy is an insult to every single Michigander impacted by her lockdown orders and travel warnings,” said Ted Goodman, Communications Director of the Michigan Republican Party.
“Not only did Whitmer and her top staffers’ vacation to Florida, but they tried to keep it a secret because for Whitmer, it’s—rules for thee, but not for me.”