Polis meets with Trump to talk COVID-19, seek federal help

'People are being responsible,' Colorado governor tells president

President Donald Trump and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis discuss the COVID-19 situation at the White House on May 13, 2020. In the foreground, back to camera, is U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a Coloradan. Also at the meeting, off camera, was U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado.
President Donald Trump and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis discuss the COVID-19 situation at the White House on May 13, 2020. In the foreground, back to camera, is U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a Coloradan. Also at the meeting, off camera, was U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado.
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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis spent Wednesday, May 13, in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of President Donald Trump, where they talked about COVID-19 supplies and the state of the pandemic in Colorado.

Although Polis pointed out that everyone who was in the meeting was tested prior to coming in, he and Dr. Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, appeared to be the only people in the room wearing masks at points during the hour-long meeting.

For half the time, Trump fielded questions from the press and took an opportunity to blast states that conduct mail-in balloting, which Colorado has been doing since 2014.

That leads to corruption and cheating, Trump claimed, and he labeled it an attempt by Democrats to ensure that no Republican ever gets elected.

Polis said nothing to defend Colorado’s system, which has been a nationwide model for participation and security and was set up by a Republican secretary of state, Wayne Williams.

Polis later said he wasn’t going to get into a debate with the president over inaccurate statements and issues unrelated to his main interest, which was on COVID-19 supplies.

"This is not a time to air differences on unrelated policies," Polis said. "This is a time for all Americans to work together."

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