Gov. Noem Rejects Trump’s Latest Virus Relief

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem thanked President Trump for offering federal assistance to her state to mitigate damage from the coronavirus pandemic, but she said it’s not needed thanks to her state’s healthy economy.

“My administration is very grateful to @realDonaldTrump for the additional flexibility that the ‘Lost Wages Assistance’ would have provided, but South Dakota is in the fortunate position of not needing to accept it,” Noem, a Republican, tweeted Friday, followed by a thread explaining the various reasons why her state does not need the $400 weekly unemployment payments approved by Trump.

Noem added that South Dakota’s economy didn’t shut down over coronavirus fears, allowing the state to be in good shape.

“South Dakota’s economy, having never been shut down, has recovered nearly 80% of our job losses,” Noem said. “We’re the only state in the nation that didn’t have extended unemployment benefits kick in because our insured unemployment rate has been the lowest in the nation.”

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