By Esme Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  It sounds as if Gov. Tim Walz and President Donald Trump have patched things up.

On Friday, the governor tried to call the president about his tweet saying: “liberate Minnesota.”

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The tweet appeared to be endorsing protestors who were outside the governor’s residence demanding he reopen the state immediately.

On Monday the president had another, very different tweet for the state, saying he and the governor shared a very nice call and that “we are working closely on getting him all he needs and fast.”

At his daily media briefing the governor said he talked to the president about the “liberate tweet.”

“I did express to the president I don’t think that is very helpful at this time and if there is anything he needs me to do it would be better if he called and we could talk and I think he agreed to that,” Walz said.

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The governor admitted to experiencing some of the perils of the stay-at-home order.

“My dog ate my glasses, so that was my Monday,” Walz said.

Meanwhile, Senate Republicans again publicly called on the governor to reopen businesses on a faster timeline.

“They need to be open to survive, there are the ones I hear about day after day after day, whether it’s resorts or clothing stores that can’t open, they need to be open to survive,” Sen. Paul Gazelka said.

The governor pushed back saying it is the virus and testing availability that is setting the timeline.

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Walz did say he may make an announcement as soon as this week on the question hanging over Minnesota kids and their parents: Will Minnesota schools be closed for the rest of the year or will they reopen? Stay tuned.

Esme Murphy