Plain Talk: Cramer talks COVID-19 relief, oil, guns, and Coal Creek Station

Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., speaks at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition event held Monday, Nov. 25, at the Fargo Air Museum. The theme of the event, which included a panel discussion, was “Why America’s global leadership matters for U.S. national security and North Dakota’s economy.” John Borge Studios / Special to The Forum

"I don't know how he could have handled it better."

That's what Sen. Kevin Cramer said on this episode of Plain Talk in praise of fellow Republican, Gov. Doug Burgum, and his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in North Dakota.

Cramer has also praised President Donald Trump's handling of the crisis. "His actions have demonstrated federalism," the Senator said, referencing Trump's preference that state's take the lead in responding to the virus. Though Cramer acknowledged that Trump's federalism is more apparent in his actions than his words, with the President at times suggesting his office has unlimited power over the country.

The Senator also touched on coronavirus relief efforts, his intention to ensure that oil and gun companies in particular are treated fairly by relief policies, as well as the situation around Coal Creek Station in central North Dakota.


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Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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