LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Ongoing questions about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s March trip to Florida are not going away. Instead, new ones are surfacing as reports of her borrowing a private jet shared by Detroit businessmen continue to propel the story.
None of the plane owners, including the ones who also own the Ambassador Bridge, would talk about it with the media.
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Whitmer appeared agitated as reporters pushed for answers on Thursday. She claimed she wouldn’t talk about her security, even though the trip happened more than a month ago.
Whitmer’s trip to visit what she referred to as her “chronically ill father” came within days of her urging Michiganders to not travel to Florida for spring break. Last week, Great Lakes News first reported that the governor’s father chatted with an acquaintance he’s known for decades and said he felt “fine.” He then drove away in a new Tesla.
The news of Whitmer’s travels leaked after two of her top officials were busted for similar behavior. Trish Foster, the COO in charge of rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan, traveled to Florida with what appeared to be a group of teenage girls, then posted pictures of their getaway on social media. Foster’s teenage son stayed home recovering from COVID-19.
Within days of Foster’s trip, Michiganders found out Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director (MDHHS) Elizabeth Hertel spent time in Gulf Shores, Alabama, violating the very recommendations her office stands behind.
Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg (R) said, “That [jet] is something I couldn’t even take. I’d be up before an ethics committee immediately,” Walberg said.
Walberg also went on to say that as a congressman, he would have to pay the market price for taking a jet, as well as abide by state restrictions put in place for elected officials.
“We should check out carefully if there are any untoward dealings with the governor especially when it appears again and again that she’s a person of ‘do as I say, not as I do,'” Walberg said.