President Donald Trump visited the Rawsonville Ford plant in Ypsilanti

May 22, 2020

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President Trump announced he signed an emergency declaration for the city of Midland during a visit to the Rawsonville Ford Plant on Thursday.

Thousands of people were evacuated after dams failed in a catastrophic flooding event. 

"The Governor and I had a great conversation this morning, and at the appropriate time I'll go and see the area that we'll be fixing--we're going to help you out. We signed an emergency declaration very quickly," President Donald Trump explained.

The emergency declaration allows the city to receive assistance and funding from the federal government.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer did not join the president during his visit to the state. Earlier in the week a spokeswoman said she was not invited by the White House.

After incorrectly tweeting that Michigan planned to mail absentee ballots to voters for the August and November elections earlier in the week, President Trump doubled down on a threat to withhold funding from the state while visiting a Ford plant Thursday.  

“I didn’t say it wasn’t necessary, I said I might have to do that. Yeah, we’re not going to go to voting by mail," President Trump said. 

The President does not have any clear authority to withhold funding for elections.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced earlier in the week that she would mail applications, not ballots, to all voters in the state. No-reason absentee voting was passed by Michigan voters in 2018.