Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (Courtesy Gov. Sisolak's office)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday sent a letter to the White House Coronavirus Task Force and Vice President Mike Pence asking the administration to "reconcile" President Donald Trump's large public gatherings in Nevada over the weekend with federal COVID-19 prevention guidance.

Sisolak highlighted the White House task force's recommendations and Trump's "contradictory actions" in Nevada, and asked for an explanation after the President and his campaign hosted rallies in Minden and Henderson on Saturday and Sunday that defied state directives on face masks, indoor capacity limits and crowd size limits.   

"I agree with CDC recommendations that event planners and officials should collaborate with state and local governments to make adjustments to meet the unique needs and circumstances of local communities who have done all they could to ensure businesses and visitors follow state directives. Recommendations that that the President does not support or feels entitled to ignore," the letter says. "I respectfully request that the White House Cornavirus Task Force explain to myself and the residents of the State of Nevada how we reconcile the recommendations from this group of the President's public health experts and and his own contradictory actions here in our state." 

The governor expressed frustration at the "confounding" lack of clear and consistent messaging from the President on how to behave during the pandemic, calling Trump's policy positions "inconsistent."

Sisolak added that Nevadans now face a "probably increase" in contagious spread of coronavirus in the weeks following the weekend rallies, calling the President's behavior a "callous disregard" for Nevada emergency directives and mitigation measures. 

"[Nevadans] deserve an explanation as to the President's actions in Nevada and whether the [White House] Task Force finds them acceptable," the letter says. "Nevadans deserve much better from the Trump administration ... I would ask what additional support Nevada to receive from the Federal government to ensure it can effectively combat this deadly virus now that the President has undoubtedly risked and increased spread in two of our communities?" 

A copy of the letter is available here: 

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This is nothing more than sour grapes pouting by a man (and I use that word loosely) in a clear lame duck session. Sissolak is finished in NV and he just got served by the world's 2nd biggest gangster (Putin is #1). How does it feel to be helpless against someone with more power than yourself buddy? Probably a lot like we felt when you locked us all down and then selectively chose which businesses and people were important. You can go ahead and start packing up your things. There's going to be a new governor in town and one that won't bleed blue.

Richie Rich

Governor Sisolak, you and the state legislatures are on a downward spiral with the citizens of this state. You believe that you are doing a great job protecting everyone however every day you keep your self proclaimed shut down in effect you do more harm to Nevadans than the chinese virus can do. You and the legislatures have used this virus for political purposes, an example is how you enabled mail in voting with a underhanded weekend emergency meeting with the legislature and passed mail in voting without citizens voting on it. You constantly violate constitutional rights as well as state constitutional rights by claiming an emergency and rewriting laws. Nevada will turn red this November. It’s real obvious that you don’t like President Trump, however your hatred towards him will help him to get re-elected.


The whole idea of him writing a letter to POTUS about this makes no sense. Especially showing it in the press like this. A political move of some sort.?. Sad and silly.


It is absolutely beyond my understanding how a person who just a few weeks ago told Nevadans to be tolerant to the so called peaceful protesters who showed up in large crowds, destroyed properties and even shot a police officer in the head could have the nerve to write such a letter to the Vice President. Does he have no shame whatsoever or is he just really that out of touch with reality? Really Mr. Governor you need to step down. Let it be known that Governor Sisolak does not represent this Nevadan's view in his absurd letter. While you say that President Trump may have put Nevadans in danger that day, you have been dangerous to our state for the last couple of years Governor Sisolak !!


This is purely a political ploy by Sissylak. He hates President Trump and like all good democRATS he is doing anything/everything he can to derail the obvious reelection. Give it up Sissylak, you are a pathetic failure.


The governor did not force the president to come to our state and violate our laws, he did that out of his own volition.


No. He said President Trump couldn't hold Rallies. But, you can bet your sweet bippy it would have okay if a Democrat held one. You get my drift, jerk?


I will condemn the president when he puts American lives in danger and I will condemn the governor when he breaks puts lives Nevadans lives in danger by not following his own regulations. They are both wrong and unnecessary. This is not about a particular political position. Is this clear, fellow human being that I only wish well upon?


You mean Sisolaks laws? And a picture of him sitting at his desk wearing a mask while writing this rebuke to the President of the United States. REALLY! But it's okay for him to eat at a restaurant with no social distancing. What a hypocrite. Between southern California, Nevada, and Arizona, those so called governors have pretty much ruined the southwest.


Just can't stand the fact that President Trump is more popular than you will ever be. This shows what a hateful person you really are.


Hey Moron Sisolak, stop telling the President to do something the way you want it when you re-opened casinos in Phase 1 when they weren't scheduled to open until Phase 2!!! You idiot , the reason Las Vegas is surging with cases and death is spiking is because you allowed the casinos to open. You will see how bad of an idea it was to re-open anything in Vegas! airlines are packing airplanes and people are getting infected and dying once they visit Las Vegas. You will be held accountable for all the death that happens in Nevada as lawsuits will be pending due to your lack of foresight and bad decision making!

boobc_bop @ kickyouface

what deaths and who is dying? please state your source to back your statements.


Sisolak don't waste President Trump's time. You're not going to be Governor much longer.

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