Trump Keeps Downplaying The Severity Of This Crisis
March 31, 2020
Trump is more focused on himself than he is the severity of the coronavirus crisis. Instead of taking decisive action and addressing supply shortages, Trump keeps trying to skirt responsibility and lying about the realities Americans face.
Trump suggested that lack of testing was no longer a problem after governors told him it was still a problem.
TRUMP: “I haven’t heard about testing in weeks. We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests and we’ll come out with another one tomorrow that’s, you know, almost instantaneous. But I haven’t heard anything about testing being a problem.’”
New York Times: “President Trump told governors on a conference call on Monday that he had not ‘heard about testing in weeks,’ suggesting that a chronic lack of kits to screen people for the coronavirus was no longer a problem. But governors painted a different picture on the ground.”
Hospitals are now telling doctors to think more critically about who gets ventilators, despite Trump claiming that there are enough ventilators.
TRUMP: “I think New York should be fine based on the numbers that we see. They should have more than enough [ventilators].”
Wall Street Journal: “NYU Langone Health, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers, told emergency-room doctors that they have ‘sole discretion’ to place patients on ventilators and institutional backing to ‘withhold futile intubations.’”
Trump continues to accuse health care workers of stealing supplies as they put their lives on the line amidst supply shortages.
New York Times: “Nurses Die, Doctors Fall Sick and Panic Rises on Virus Front Lines”
HuffPost: “Trump Again Accuses Health Care Workers Of Squandering Masks”
Trump is more focused on himself than he is the severity of this crisis.
CNN: “Trump insists on congratulations while America braces for the worst”
Washington Post: “President Trump has lately used Rose Garden appearances to showcase a cast of corporate executives who have joined government efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, while sometimes slipping in a few plugs for the home office and, often, praising Trump.”