Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan made his first appearance on late-night television early Friday, and host Seth Meyers asked him about (what else?) President Donald Trump.
Hogan was in New York on Thursday on a media tour with national outlets after becoming chairman of the National Governors Association, including appearances on Fox News, CNBC and, finally, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on NBC.
Meyers asked Hogan, a Republican, about working to combat climate change and boost infrastructure investment at the state level before the topic turned to Trump and his nearly weeklong attack against Maryland’s largest city, Baltimore.
Trump has insulted Baltimore as a “rat and rodent infested mess" as a way to deride U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, and his district. Cummings’ committee voted to subpoena senior White House officials, including Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Meyers said he thought Hogan’s initial reaction to Trump’s insults against Baltimore (in which Hogan’s spokesman said “more attacks between politicians aren’t going to get us anywhere”) was too weak.
“It didn’t seem fair to me to describe that as attacks between politicians,” Meyers said.
“The last thing I need to do is have more angry reaction to the angry reaction, back and forth,” Hogan replied. “Let’s stop all the tweeting. Let’s focus on how we’re going to solve some of these problems by working together."
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But Meyers said he thought Hogan should call out his fellow Republican, who is launching the attacks, rather than make it seem like both Trump and Cummings share some blame.
“It’s spreading out the blame in a way that’s quite not fair,” Meyers said.
Hogan noted he condemned Trump’s tweets in a radio interview.
“I said the comments, the tweet was outrageous and unacceptable and inappropriate. That’s a pretty strong comment,” Hogan said. “But I didn’t jump in the fray and get in the mud with everyone else.”
Despite the back and forth over Trump, the conversation also had some lighter moments.
Meyers showed a photo of Hogan dancing on stage with singer Marie Osmond after he took over leadership of the National Governors Association.
“I’m hoping I can get a Nutrisystem gig out of it,” the governor joked, referring to Osmond’s work as a spokeswoman for the weight-loss company.