U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-08) joined President Donald Trump at the White House Friday for a discussion on the administration’s plan for a “great American comeback.”
Green thanked the president for his leadership in responding to the coronavirus pandemic and criticized the mainstream media for laughing at decisions that have “saved American lives.”
“As an infantry officer, ER physician, and former business CEO, I know that when a leader is caught in an ambush, that leader needs to make split-second decisions with the information on hand. And I am proud of the decisions President Trump has made. Decisions like banning travel from China, which was laughed at and criticized by the press, but saved American lives,” Green said during the meeting.
According to a press release from Green’s office, he discussed with the president how the pandemic has been “made worse by China’s deception.”
“In Tennessee, we are open for business. We’re going to restaurants, businesses are running again, and we’re ready to lead the nation. Tennesseans appreciate your phased plan, and we’re implementing it back home. Thank you for your leadership, sir,” said Green, according to a video of the meeting.
Honored to be at the White House today with @POTUS @realDonaldTrump to discuss our country's response to the coronavirus and our future challenges as we work together to mitigate this pandemic. pic.twitter.com/UANQFfcjda
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) May 8, 2020
Green was one of five Republicans and the only doctor to be selected to serve on the House Coronavirus Select Committee, which will provide oversight on the president’s coronavirus relief measures. Green, however, criticized Democratic plans to use the committee for investigating the president.
“I’m honored to have been selected to represent my colleagues and the American people on this Committee. However, Congress should be passing bills to help the American people, not creating more bureaucratic committees,” he said. “With more than 33 million Americans now unemployed, eight existing oversight mechanisms, and trillions in new debt, the last thing the American taxpayer wants – or needs – is another committee to investigate the president.”
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