LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is refusing to answer questions regarding who paid for a private plane she took to Florida in March for what she called a visit to see her chronically ill father.
The governor is also remaining mum about why flight records show her trip lasted four days, not two as she originally stated.
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“I’ve said everything I’m going to say about my trip to check on my father,” Whitmer told reporters Thursday. “It was a quick trip. It was an important family reason for doing it, and I have nothing to add.”
When pressed further, Whitmer appeared agitated and alluded to last summer’s alleged kidnapping plot against her, saying she’s had several death threats. “There are a lot of reasons why we don’t discuss when I travel and how I travel,” Whitmer said.
Great Lakes News first reported that Dick Whitmer has returned to Michigan. Last week, a source who has known Mr. Whitmer socially for decades told us he chatted with the source, telling them he was “fine.” The source then said Mr. Whitmer drove away from a Lansing area shopping center in a new Tesla.
Gov. Whitmer’s office has not returned our calls to inquire about her father’s health.
Meanwhile, Deadline Detroit reported discrepancies in Gov. Whitmer’s story about her trip to Florida. Reporter Charlie LeDuff wrote that Whitmer took a four-day trip, not two. Whitmer also travelled on a private jet borrowed from a group of local businessmen.
One of the aircraft owners, who spoke on the basis of anonymity, told Deadline Detroit, “We wondered why she reached out to us instead of booking a private charter. You can’t tell a governor no. Who needs that kind of trouble?”