ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — As coronavirus cases continue to surge in Maryland and nationwide, President Donald Trump and Gov. Larry Hogan got into a heated exchange on Twitter earlier Sunday.

It stems from reports that the governor spent millions on faulty COVID-19 tests from South Korea.

President Trump shared a Breitbart News link Sunday afternoon, saying “Hogan is just as bad as the flawed tests he paid big money for!”

He is referring to an article originally published in The Washington Post, claiming that Gov. Hogan spent nearly $9.5 million in state funding for 500,000 coronavirus tests from South Korea, only to later find out they were flawed.

According to the report, the Hogan administration paid an additional $2.5 million to the same company for replacement tests.

After getting the replacement tests, the Post reported that they were offered to two private labs for use, but one declined due to possible false positives and the speed of the results. They say 370,000 of the replacement tests were used by the other lab.

Hogan said this report is completely false, and that those tests have been the cornerstone of the state’s testing strategy for months.

‘Deeply Disappointing’ | Maryland Democrats Critical Of Gov. Hogan After Report Says $9.4M South Korean COVID-19 Tests Were Flawed

STERLING, VA – NOVEMBER 15: President Donald J. Trump places his club back in his back as he golfs at Trump National Golf Club on Sunday November 15, 2020 in Sterling, VA. (Photo by Al Drago for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Gov. Larry Hogan responded to the tweet, saying if the President had “done your job” the country’s governors would not have had to get their own tests as he said they have done in Maryland.

“Stop golfing and concede,” he said in a tweet.

“We all know how vindictive the President can be, how powerful his Twitter account is and how he can really pressure the Republicans and go after them,” Gov. Hogan said.

On CNN Sunday Morning, the governor added that he hopes for a smooth transition of power come January, saying lives are at stake.

“We have the current administration and the new administration not even talking to one another,” Gov. Hogan said.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

This story was initially posted on Sunday, Nov. 22.

CBS Baltimore Staff

Comments (9)
  1. Kris Sweedler says:

    I’m a liberal but I admire Hogan’s honesty. I even voted for him. Look at what’s happening in our state with Covid relative to other states. Biology and common sense seem to come before politics with this guy.

  2. Stacey says:

    Hogan is a dirt bag. He lets the Democrats walk all over him. He needs to reimburse the state from his personal bank account for buying defective test kits. He should be blaming China not Trump. Hogan thinks he will be elected president in 2024. 70 million Trump voters say otherwise. Time for you to resign Hogan.

  3. #BlueLivesMatter says:

    Larry the RINO… No cares what you say. I’ll take my chances with the COVID before I would listen to two faced RINO

  4. Joe G says:

    Who is he asking Trump to concede to? Ronald Reagan? The guy who Larry voted for, making a mockery of our elective process?…..At the very least, he should pay for the replacement tests out of his own pocket… I mean, what kind of company gives you a bad product then forces you to PAY for replacements? Sounds like Larry isn’t a very smart businessman… (and the fact that he tried to hide it until he got busted by the WP)…

  5. Slinky says:

    Larry is just an envious little ankle-biter. He should stick to an appropriate sport for P.G. County Repubs like “corn hole”. Reportedly wearing your mask while playing deprives one of oxygen and heightens the experience.

  6. chrissfarmer says:

    If the tests were defective (as opposed to not as good as they are now as he purchased them earlier on & better tests now exist) then the state should use the legal process to sue. Earlier tests were not as accurate as current ones nor were earlier treatments as good as current ones. If Trump had been doing his job states would have had what they needed; many still don’t. You still have to wait hours in line to get a test and days to get results.

    Trump is the one responsible for the virus running rampant in this country, not China. While we die from it Trump plays golf and lives in La La Land.

    1. Joe G says:

      Even though Trump tried to close the borders to prevent Covid19 from getting out of control here, and the Dems promoted going to parades in NY and visiting China town in San Fran, and many other denials when it started, ( we’ve all seen the videos of this until the Left- controlled media put a stop to it) you still put the blame on Trump. Good luck when YOUR new President and radical left VP shut down the country and make you dependent on them for survival. They’re the socialists/communists Dream Team.

      1. Stacey says:

        ChrissFarmer is your typical Democrat sheep. I’m sure he didn’t really go far in school. Those are the kind of people MSM targets for their misleading brainwashing tactics. If anyone watched Sleepy Joes campaign vids he just repeated what Trump was doing or already had done. CF believes that Trump should be making the vaccine himself in the WH basement. That is how clueless he is.

      2. Joe G says:

        CF is also the guy who will rat you out to Hogan’s Mask Task Force… watch out, you never know who’s so bored with their life that they will be driving in their car , ALONE, with a mask on looking for violators !!!! (CF strikes me as the Subaru/ Honda CRV type…. be alert!).

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