Baker has mastered art of biting his tongue
Disagrees agreeably with Trump, Maine governor
GOV. CHARLIE BAKER demonstrated his skill at biting his tongue on Wednesday.
At a State House press conference, Baker found a way to disagree in a fairly agreeable way with recent decisions by President Trump and Maine Gov. Janet Mills.
Mills recently lifted a 14-day quarantine period for travelers coming from several nearby northeast states, including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut – but not Massachusetts. Maine officials gave a vague reason for the decision, and Baker vowed to press the state’s case personally with Mills.
Baker said he talked to Mills and also had Marylou Sudders, the secretary of health and human services, reach out to her counterpart in Maine.
He quickly added that the conversation with Mills was cordial, but apparently got him nowhere.
Baker was also asked about Trump’s decision to bar international students from entering the US in the fall to attend colleges and universities offering online-only courses. He also was asked about threats made by Trump to cut off federal aid to states that don’t open their K-12 schools in the fall.“Federal edicts like this, especially given that the facts on the ground do change quite a bit and are different everywhere, don’t make a lot of sense,” Baker said. “It’s inappropriate for the feds to think about this as one size fits all.”
Asked if some of the decisions coming out of Washington were political, Baker looked exasperated but caught himself. “I try not to speak to the intent of other people’s motivations when they make proposals and issue statements and policies,” he said. “I think both of those [decisions by Trump] were not the right way for either the higher ed systems or the K-12 systems.”