Chris Hayes Flabbergasted by Trump Comments on Cuomo and Ventilators

New York says hospitals overwhelmed under almost any coronavirus scenario

Andrew Cuomo said coronavirus patients with severe symptoms could need a ventilator for anywhere from 11 to 21 days as the state faces a significant shortage of the devices.

"When the president says the state of NY doesn't need 30,000 ventilators, with all due respect to him, he's not looking at the facts of this astronomical growth of this crisis", de Blasio, a Democrat, said on ABC's "Good Morning America". You know, at a major hospital sometimes they'll have two ventilators. All of a sudden they're saying, "Can we order 30,000 ventilators?'"

The governor has repeatedly complained that the federal government is not sending enough ventilators to NY. However, Cuomo said, that may be a ways off, despite the need.

A person is taken on a stretcher into the United Memorial Medical Centre after going through testing for COVID-19 Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Houston.

"You did such a good job", the governor told the troops, "that I'm asking for four more".

"I think that a lot of things are being said that are more - I don't think that certain things will materialize", he said. "But first we need the approval".

Hannity dismissed Cuomo's call for 30,000 ventilators as "annoying". The president reportedly resisted using the act after heavy corporate lobbying. Cuomo says experts tell him NY will need 40,000 ventilators during the "apex" of the coronavirus pandemic. This comes after Trump called off a plan to announce that General Motors and Ventec Life Systems would be coming together to create nearly $80,000 ventilators.

"You'll be proud that you showed up when other people played it safe", Cuomo said. "We're trying to fight for everyone else's life, but we also fight for our lives as well, because we're also at the highest risk of exposure". "That's four thousand from the federal government, for temporary hospital beds". The Governor has also asked all hospitals in the state to increase their bed capacity by 50 percent, with some agreeing to increase it by 100 percent. "We have to open up our country".


The US military also is setting up field hospitals in Seattle and NY, the Pentagon said. "We need a Tom Brady".

Trump made no mention of the canceled announcement while chatting with Hannity on Thursday night, but he did stress that the critical machinery is not cheap. "That's what we've been saying, that's what we've been planning for and that's why we're here". He should be doing more. The government has already provided 4,000 to the state. "He's always complaining", Trump said of Inslee. The U.S. now has more cases than Italy.

Inslee fired back on Twitter after the interview. "That's how we won WWII", he wrote. Put Vice President Pence in charge until Joe Biden gets here with his toolbox - respect for science, proven competency, devotion to facts, and the truth! "Washingtonians' lives depend on it".

Trump went on to lash out at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who called the federal government's response to the crisis "mind-boggling".

Later Friday, Trump said that in the next 100 days, the USA will either make or secure in other ways over 100,000 ventilators. She doesn't get it done, and we send her a lot. "Now she wants a declaration of emergency and have to make a decision on that".

"We have had some trouble with the state of Washington, and he ran for president". Didn't exactly do well. He got zero. And we had a big problem with a woman governor - you know who I'm talking about - from MI. "Though we can't - we don't like to see the complaints", he added.

"I've asked repeatedly and respectfully for help".

"So, luxury condos will not be built until this is over, you know, office buildings are not going to be built so that work's going to end immediately", de Blasio said on the radio station WNYC.

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