Reality Doesn’t Match Trump’s Hype
April 2, 2020
Time and time again, during a global pandemic when Americans need to hear the truth, Trump has overpromised and under-delivered.
Trump promised that 100,000 ventilators would be ready before the end of June — most of them won’t be available until that month at the earliest.
Politico: “Most of the 100,000 ventilators that President Donald Trump promised the U.S. would obtain won’t be available until June, FEMA officials told the House Oversight Committee this week… Most of the ventilators Trump said would be ready before the end of June won’t be available until that month ‘at the earliest,’ the committee said FEMA indicated.”
Trump failed to provide banks with guidance and now a $350 billion small business lending program won’t be ready to launch on Friday, as promised by the administration.
Politico: “Banks are warning that a $350 billion lending program for struggling small businesses won’t be ready when it launches Friday because the Trump administration has failed to provide them with the necessary guidelines and set requirements for the loans that are unworkable.”
Trump said that he successfully restored a depleted stockpile of medical supplies and more was on the way — but officials say the stockpile is nearly depleted and supplies are not being delivered to the places that need it now.
Washington Post: “Protective gear in national stockpile is nearly depleted, DHS officials say:
Washington Post: “Trump said during Tuesday’s White House briefing that the administration has nearly 10,000 ventilators on reserve and that authorities are ready to deploy the lifesaving equipment rapidly to coronavirus hot spots in coming weeks. He also said large amounts of PPE were being shipped directly from manufacturers to hospitals. But the DHS officials said the stockpile has not been able to handle the load.”
CNN: “Only a portion of the medical supplies being flown in by the Federal Emergency Management Agency from overseas are being allotted to critical hotspots prioritized by the agency and the Department of Health and Human Services. The rest will resupply the private market, where competition between states and the federal government has been a source of frustration for governors trying to shore up equipment to treat patients with coronavirus, according to multiple officials.”
Trump also failed to mention that there are many more ventilators unavailable after he let the contract to maintain them lapse last year.
New York Times: “President Trump has repeatedly assured Americans that the federal government is holding 10,000 ventilators in reserve to ship to the hardest-hit hospitals around the nation as they struggle to keep the most critically ill patients alive. But what federal officials have neglected to mention is that an additional 2,109 lifesaving devices are unavailable after the contract to maintain the government’s stockpile lapsed late last summer, and a contracting dispute meant that a new firm did not begin its work until late January. By then, the coronavirus crisis was already underway.”