WH Has Told State Governors That They Are On Their Own In Finding Respirators

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Closed New York Public Library on a Sunday afternoon.Credit…Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

Its to be expected that as the US coronavirus COV-19 pandemic increases that hospitals and health clinics will end up being overwhelmed with a demand for equipment like respirators and ventilators. On 3/16/2020, in a phone call, the republican President Donald Trump told state governors that they are on their own to locate added essential equipment like respirators.

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On the 16th of March 2020, The New York Times published the following report, “ Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Tells Governors to Seek Out Respirators On Their Own”

Italy pledged more than $28 billion to bolster its health system and cushion the impact on workers. European nations sealed their borders. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will ban gatherings of more than 50 people.

ROME, ITALY - MARCH 12: A man wearing face protective mask visits Spanish Square area (Piazza di Spagna) during the Coronavirus emergency, on March 12, 2020, in Rome, Italy. The Italian Government has taken the unprecedented measure of a nationwide lockdown by closing all businesses except essential services such as, pharmacies, grocery stores, hardware stores and tobacconists and banks, in an effort to fight the world's second-most deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak outside of China. The movements in and out are allowed only for work and health reasons proven by a medical certificate. The number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus COVID-19 disease in Italy has jumped up to at least 10590 while the death toll has surpassed 827. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
A man wearing face protective mask visits Piazza di Spagna in Rome, Italy, on March 12, 2020. Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images


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Medical personnel works inside one of the emergency structures that were set up to ease procedures outside the hospital of Brescia, Northern Italy, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)
Medical personnel inside one of the emergency structures that were set up outside a hospital in Brescia in Northern Italy on March 10, 2020. Photo: Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP

President Trump told a group of governors Monday morning that they should not wait for the federal government to fill the growing demand for respirators needed to help people diagnosed with coronavirus.

“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” Mr. Trump told the governors during the conference call, a recording of which was shared with The New York Times.

“We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”

“The suggestion surprised some of the governors, who have been scrambling to contain the outbreak and are increasingly looking to the federal government for help with equipment, personnel and financial aid.”

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Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, whose state is at the center of the domestic outbreak, and Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico both reacted angrily to the administration’s slow response to the crisis.”

“If one state doesn’t get the resources and materials they need, the entire nation continues to be at risk,” said Ms. Lujan Grisham.

“Mr. Trump used much of the call to repeat the same upbeat rhetoric he has offered in public, assuring the governors: “We’re going to get it remedied and hopefully very quickly.”

“Alluding to the Federal Reserve’s emergency intervention, Mr. Trump told the governors that the central bank’s purchase of $500 billion of Treasury bonds and $200 billion of mortgage-backed securities will “probably go up substantially from that level.”

“Without directly faulting former President Obama, he said “we broke down a system that was broken, very badly broken” and vowed to create one “that I think is going to be the talk of the world.”

“But aside from his rose-colored predictions — which are at odds with his medical advisers, who say the worst is yet to come — Mr. Trump often evinced little awareness of the severity of the contagion.”

“Explaining why he did not include the UK in his initial travel ban from Europe last week, Mr. Trump said “all of the sudden we were getting numbers that weren’t good so we had to put U.K. in.”


Trump Tells Governors to Seek Out Respirators on Their Own: Live Updates


  1. And then how soon will it be until trump starts blaming state governors for causing the respirators and ventilators supply problems?

    When I was young President Truman set a benchmark with “The buck stops here.” And now triumph has set a new standard for the presidency with his “I am not responsible.”

    This is not about taking a quote out of context, in this situation, what the hell was such a sentence even doing in his mind?

    Normally the president would be learning information as fast as he could , but instead trump had big party for himself and his family, at mar a lago, again costing US taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars for secret services and transportation . For each secret service member its $675 per night base, and trump business has made over $1 million in billing US taxpayers for secret service costs.

    Today trump gave himself a “10 out of 10” for his response grade.

    The virus and trump have a lot of things in common—the virus has no integrity, no ethics, no honesty, and certainly the virus does not give a damn what it does to people in the US..

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  2. Trump is lazy and doesn’t have sense to delegate because frankly, most qualified people won’t work for him. Trump brought thousands if not more people from Europe to U.S. airports without a plan in place to keep with safe distancing. His purported task force is nothing more than people to hold press conferences, repeating the same things they said in previous press conferences.

    Of course, holding state governors responsible for ordering supplies means putting the financial burden on the states.

    Why can’t he instruct McConnell to call the emergency Bill to a vote in the Senate without the headbanging partisanship? We’re in for a long ride here in America.


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