President Donald Trump apparently met with a group of governors who were looking for guidance and I imagine federal help with the COVID-19 pandemic. His advice? “… try getting it yourselves”
President Donald Trump told a group of governors on Monday that they’re responsible for getting the vital medical equipment needed to treat coronavirus patients in their states.
“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” Trump told the governors during a phone call, The New York Times reported. “We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Points of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”
The Times reported that Trump’s directive took some of the governors by surprise given that states are already working overtime to contain the spread of the virus and are hoping for more federal aid.
The Trump administration has been widely criticized for its lukewarm response to the pandemic, and states and cities are increasingly taking things into their own hands in the absence of strong federal guidance.
This is a national emergency (two big words) that the president personally declared just last week…he’s apparently forgotten already. And quite frankly this is going to need to full resources of the federal government to get this under control. To essentially tell the governors to go to hell ain’t going to get it done. The president surely is intent on wholly owning the failure here isn’t he?