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Tom Brady comes up in Trump’s meeting with state governors, press briefing

The Washington governor, when told by the president that his administration will back up states, says "We don’t need a backup. We need a Tom Brady,” according to a media report.

TAMPA — Bucs quarterback Tom Brady came up during President Donald Trump’s press briefing on Thursday, and Trump diverted from updating the public about measures to quell the coronavirus pandemic to mention that he spoke with Brady a few days ago.

Trump met with governors of the 50 states earlier in the day, telling them that his administration was ready to be the “backup” for states in need, according to The Washington Post. Washington Governor Jay Inslee spoke up on the call, and while pleading for more aid, he told Trump, “We don’t need a backup. We need a Tom Brady.”

Washington is one of the states most impacted by the coronavirus.

During his briefing, Trump called the Post report “fake news.” He confirmed that Brady’s name was brought up, but in a much different context.

“Somebody in the fake news said that one of the governors said, ‘Oh, we need Tom Brady,’” Trump said. “I said, ‘Yeah, he meant that in a positive way.' He said we need Tom Brady, we’re gonna do great. He meant it very positively. But they took it differently. They think Tom Brady should be leading the effort.

"That’s only fake news, and I like Tom Brady,” the president continued. “Spoke to him the other day. He’s a great guy.”

Later in the day, Inslee jokingly retreated but also confirmed the mention in his own way, saying he would have said they needed Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, but no one can be as good as Wilson.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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