Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, has been waiting weeks for the federal government to send ventilators for patients who have contracted coronavirus and need assistance breathing.
170 ventilators arrived this week from the feds, but there was one major problem with them, according to Newsom: They weren’t operational, the Los Angeles Times reports:
“Newsom on Saturday said the federal government sent Los Angeles County 170 ventilators that arrived ‘not working,’ and now a Silicon Valley company is fixing the equipment.
“California and other states have been stocking up on ventilators in anticipation of a shortage at hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first-term Democrat said he learned about the problem with the federal government’s ventilators when he visited Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday.”
Of course, this should come as no surprise, especially since Trump has repeatedly fallen down on the job and failed to provide the states with the equipment they need to deal with the COVID-19 virus which has killed over 2,200 Americans. The United States leads the world in the total number of coronavirus cases with nearly 124,000 so far.
The president has also suggested that only governors who show the proper appreciation for his efforts will see their state receive federal aid to combat the disease. On Friday, Trump remarked:
“I think they should be appreciative. Because you know what? When they’re not appreciative to me, they’re not appreciative to the Army Corps [of Engineers], they’re not appreciative to FEMA. It’s not right.”
President Trump on what he wants from the governors: “All I want them to do, very simple, I want them to be appreciative. I don’t want them to say things that aren’t true. I want them to be appreciative. We’ve done a great job.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 27, 2020
It remains to be seen if Trump will lash out at Newsom for daring to say that the ventilators his state received were defective. With Donald Trump, there’s no way to fully gauge the level of his pettiness from day to day.
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