Trump: I Don’t Think Governors ‘Need’ the Medical Equipment They’re Begging For squib

As medical professionals and local authorities across the country sound the alarm over shortages of life-saving equipment due to a surge in coronavirus patients, President Donald Trump on Thursday shrugged off their warnings because, as he put it, “a lot of equipment is being asked for that I don’t think they will need.”

Calling into Fox News host and unofficial presidential adviser Sean Hannity’s show on Thursday, Trump boasted about his administration’s response to the crippling pandemic, despite the fact that the United States now has the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the world.

Asked by Hannity about his general refusal to enforce the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of needed supplies like masks and ventilators, the president insisted it hadn’t been necessary because there’s been “tremendous spirit” from corporations that he says have stepped up. This prompted him to then take some pointed shots at Democratic governors who’ve criticized the federal response.

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