‘I will protect you if your governor FAILS.’ Donald Trump ramps up attempt to blame states for coronavirus deaths – but reveals it will be MAY before thousands of new ventilators arrive in big numbers
- President Trump continued to characterize the federal goverment as a backstop for the states in dealing with the coronavirus crisis
- But on Tuesday he vowed that the federal government would swoop in if it looked like certain states were failing
- ‘I will protect you if your governor fails,’ he said at the White House press briefing. ‘If you have a governors that’s failing we’re going to protect you’
- Governors have often requested ventilators from the federal stockpile and Trump gave an update on Tuesday on new supplies
- He said 2,200 ventilators would arrive next week – but the big orders of ventilators wouldn’t come until May and June
- Trump said things are currently going well with the governors, as he reminded them to keep the federal government informed of their needs
President Trump continued to characterize the federal government as a backstop for the states in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in comments he made at Tuesday’s taskforce briefing.
‘I will protect you if your governor fails,’ he told the American people. ‘If you have a governor that’s failing we’re going to protect you,’ he added.
For weeks the president has told the governors of the 50 states that they should be trying to acquire their own supplies to combat the virus – including ventilators, which Trump said Tuesday would be heading to the national stockpile in big numbers, but wouldn’t hit more than 10,000 until May.
President Trump said Tuesday, ‘I will protect you if your governor fails,’ as he said the federal government was slowly adding tens of thousands of ventilators to its stockpile
This particular ventilator can serve seven patients at one time. Trump gave the most recent ventilator update at the coronavirus taskforce briefing on Tuesday
While 2,200 ventilators would arrive on April 13, the next batch – 5,500 – wouldn’t be coming for about a month, on May 4.
‘These are the ones that we’re building for the most part,’ Trump explained, naming Ford, General Motors and General Electric as the companies taking part.
On May 18 there would be 12,000 ventilators added to the supply, on June 1 20,000 ventilators would come in and by June 29 another 60,000 would be available, Trump said.
Overall, 110,000 ventilators would be available ‘over a short period of time,’ the president said.
‘I don’t think we’ll need them. Hopefully we won’t need them,’ Trump said.
He told reporters that he hoped that there would be access ventilators to send to other countries including the United Kingdom, which requested 200 ventilators from the Americans earlier Tuesday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently in intensive care due to COVID-19, the disease brought on by the coronavirus.
‘We’ll have them for the future and we’ll also be able to help other countries who are desparate for ventilators,’ Trump assured reporters Tuesday.
Previously, Trump had complained about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s request for tens of thousands of ventilators, suggesting the New York governor asked for a much-inflated number.
So far, New York City’s been the epicenter of the virus in the United States.
On Tuesday, the president played nice with the governors, for the most part.
‘I want to remind governors and emergency managers that sharing real time data with us about equipment and their needs is very imporant,’ Trump said at the top of the briefing.
He added that the White House team was getting along ‘very well’ with the governors, before warning that if any of them failed the fedral government would swoop in.
‘But the governors are working well with us over the last period of time,’ Trump said.
But when Trump was asked who would be blamed if people got sick in Wisconsin for voting in-person during Tuesday’s primary election, the president pointed a finger at that state’s leader – Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, who had wanted the in-person voting cancelled.
‘You have a Democrat in Wisconsin as governor. Ask him. That’s his problem,’ Trump said.
‘Again, some governors fail. And I won’t let them fail because when they fail I’ll help, but that’s run by Democrats right now,’ Trump added.