Campaigning in Michigan on Thursday, President Donald Trump urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to allow the University of Michigan to play college football this fall.
“We want a governor that’s going to let Michigan play Big 10 football this year,” Trump said, referring to Whitmer.
Trump noted that student-athletes in the Big 10 conference were eager to play football, but that the governors in Michigan and Maryland were not helping it reopen. Both the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland are in the Big 10 Conference.
“You would be better if you had a governor who knew what the hell what she was doing,” Trump said.
The president spoke about the controversy during a campaign rally at an airport in Freeland, Michigan on Thursday evening.
Trump has personally lobbied the Big 10 Commissioner Kevin Warren to reopen football this fall, and remains optimistic that a decision can be made.