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Pritzker criticizes Trump for lack of COVID-19 leadership; 296 new Illinois coronavirus cases announced

Illinois gov's critique of fed virus response angers Trump

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker listens to a question after announcing a shelter in place order to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, during a news conference Friday, March 20, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker listens to a question after announcing a shelter in place order to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, during a news conference Friday, March 20, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Hours after President Donald Trump criticized Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker on Twitter, the governor responded at his daily COVID-19 press briefing Sunday afternoon.

“All I can say is: Get to work or get out of the way,” Pritzker said.

Trump tweeted at Pritzker following Pritzker’s Sunday morning appearance on CNN, in which Pritzker was critical of Trump’s response to the pandemic. Trump said that Pritzker and other governors “shouldn’t be blaming the Federal Government for their own shortcomings.”

Pritzker said that throughout this crisis, he has heard from even some of his staunchest Republican critics in the state, asking how they can help. He applauded the bipartisan efforts of “Illinoisans of all political stripes” during this crisis.

“Even I’m finding it hard to contain my anger with Donald Trump’s response to the national crisis,” Pritzker said. “I have doctors, nurses and first responders begging for more equipment and tests.”

State officials announced an additional 296 cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including one infant. The state announced an additional three deaths. That brings Illinois’ total to 1,049 confirmed cases and nine deaths. The state has tested 8,374 people.

DuPage County has 79 confirmed cases. Lake County has 69. Will County has 21 confirmed cases. Kane County has 13, and McHenry County is at 12. Kendall County has four confirmed cases, while DeKalb, La Salle and Whiteside counties each have one confirmed case.

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