Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer hit out at Donald Trump as she denounced the violent kidnap plot against her.
Gov Whitmer launched a blistering attack on Mr Tump and accused him of “giving comfort” to white supremacists and hate groups in the US.
“This should be a moment for national unity where we all pull together as Americans to meet this challenge head on," she said.
“Seeing the humanity in one another and doing our part to help our country get through this.
"Instead our head of state has spent the last seven months denying science, ignoring his own health experts, stoking distrust, fermenting anger and giving comfort to those that spread fear and hatred and division.
“Just last week the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemns white supremacists and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups.”