Herbert participates in conference call with President-elect Biden, VP-elect Harris

Gov. Gary Herbert discusses COVID-19
File photo: News conference screengrab, Utah Governor's Office

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Nov. 19, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Gov. Gary Herbert joined other U.S. governors Thursday in a conference call with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Utah’s chief executive joined the call with nine other governors as they discussed coordination of COVID-19 containment efforts if and when Biden is sworn into office.

Herbert released the following statement shortly after call:

“Today, I joined President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, and a bipartisan group of governors represented on the executive committee of the National Governors Association for a video conference call.

“We had a good discussion about how states and the federal government can work together in the nationwide fight against COVID-19.

“I wished the president-elect every success and am grateful for his efforts to engage the nation’s governors in these important discussions.”

Prior to Thursday’s call Herbert reflected positively on his past relationship with Biden when he was VP under Barack Obama.

“I had the great privilege of working with the last administration, the Trump administration, and my good friend, Mike Pence,” Herbert said, “but before that I worked with the Obama administration and Vice-president Joe Biden.

“He’s very aware of Utah. He’s told me on numerous occasions with admiration the great success we’ve had herein Utah economically and socially He knows Utah is a great example for the rest of the country,” Herbert continued.

“I know that his concern is that we, in fact, come together to fight this coronavirus, and in a unified effort each other, allowing for various differences of opinion, following the science, and the medical advice that we have to guide us.
“I hope that he will still continue to let states conduct their own declarations and make their own recommendations to the public, whether our own mandate versus a national mandate. I don’t know if he’s going to go in that direction. I hope not,” Herbert said
“I think that he will also see if he can find some additional resource to help us bridge the gap between the pandemic today and the recovery of 2021, particularly helping individuals and helping specific businesses that are struggling.”


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