“Well, they have not reached out to me. I know that I talked to the CEO of the Cleveland Clinic the other day who gave me an update, who gave me a report so I don’t know whether they have reached out to Cleveland Clinic or not. They have not talked to me about it, no,” the Republican governor told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
The President participated in the first presidential debate against Democrat Joe Biden in Cleveland last week. DeWine said that he didn’t attend the debate, but conceded to Tapper that he wished the President wore a mask more often.
“Do I wish — look do I wish the President had worn a mask all the time? Of course. You know, of course,” he said.
Still, DeWine added: “You know, when people go vote, there is other things, you know, besides that.”
DeWine and his wife announced Friday they tested negative for the virus. Asked Sunday if he was concerned or upset that the President put his citizens at risk for contracting the virus, DeWine told Tapper he is not resentful, but said he hopes people learn from it.
“This should be kind of an alert to everybody that anybody can get the virus, even the President of the United States can get the virus,” he said. “So we ought to use this and simply just, you know, learn from it and so people who maybe have not worn masks in the past, you know, I’m hoping that they will look at this and say, ‘Look the President can get it, I can get it and it can happen to anybody.’ I hope that is what happens and that is what comes out of this.”
This story has been updated with more from the interview.
CNN’s Gregory Krieg contributed to this report.