According to President Donald Trump, the fact that hospitals in New York are requesting such large quantities of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment suggests to him that they must be hoarding or stealing the items.
“How do you go from using 10,000 to 20,000 [masks] to 300,000? Even though this is different. Something’s going on. Where are the masks going, are they going out the back door?
“I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You know, you go into major hospitals sometimes, they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying can we order 30,000 ventilators?
“And we have that in a lot of different places. So, somebody should probably look into that, because I just don’t see from a practical standpoint how that’s possible to go from that to that.”
“How do you go from 10 to 20 to 30,000, to 300,000 — even though this is different. Something is going on. And you ought to look into it as reporters. Where are the masks going?” — Trump suggests that there is some sort of New York nurse conspiracy to steal masks pic.twitter.com/6vubm89vgQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 29, 2020
Of course, the president provided no evidence or other proof to support his accusation, and his comments were met with sharp criticism from New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), who said on MSNBC:
“I think his allegations about New York hospitals were beyond absurd. I talk to most of our hospital heads throughout New York City and the state, and I can tell you their hospital personnel are the heroes of this moment. They are working 24/7 to save lives. They’re begging for ventilators, masks, gowns, supplies. I have one of the SDNY schools making masks for an upstate hospital because they were out of masks several days ago.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, also blasted Trump:
“This is ridiculous and completely false. Today’s conspiracy-mongering from our President is among the most reckless and ignorant moves he has made during this crisis, and there have been many. Lives hang in the balance.”
As we so often see with the current resident of the White House, when he fails to do his job, he always tries to blame others for his own failings.
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