- The Washington Times - Monday, April 12, 2021

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer‘s office blasted a “partisan attack” by conservative media after photos surfaced of an aide vacationing in Florida just days after the governor said she was worried about Michiganders traveling there.

Tricia Foster, the governor’s chief operating officer, posted photos on Facebook last week of herself and family enjoying the beach in Siesta Key, according to screenshots first published Friday by Breitbart News. 

The photos, which have since been deleted, came one week after Ms. Whitmer, a Democrat, said she was worried about spring breakers traveling to Florida — the only state with more cases than Michigan of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7.

Bobby Leddy, Ms. Whitmer‘s press secretary, didn’t deny the report that Ms. Foster traveled to Florida but smeared Breitbart News as “white nationalist.”

“This is a partisan attack from a garbage white nationalist website,” Mr. Leddy said in a statement, The Detroit News reported. “Trish Foster is fully recovered from COVID and fully vaccinated.”

On April 2, Ms. Whitmer said she was “concerned” about travel between Michigan and Florida, and she urged people returning from the Sunshine State to get tested, work from home and have their kids learn virtually for at least a week, the Associated Press reported

Michigan continues to lead the country in new COVID-19 cases. On Friday, the governor called for a voluntary two-week lockdown on high schools, youth sports and indoor dining to help curb the spread.

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