De Blasio: Trump is 'not looking at the facts' of coronavirus crisis


Mayor Bill de Blasio discusses the arrival of a delivery of 400 ventilators with Dr. Steven Pulitzer, the chief medical officer of NYC Health and Hospitals, at the city’s Emergency Management Warehouse on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in New York. | AP photo

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio said President Donald Trump “is not checking the facts” of the coronavirus pandemic in response to the President’s comments that he does not believe New York needs 30,000 ventilators to treat patients.

“If the president says the state of New York doesn’t need 30,000 ventilators, with all due respect for him, he won’t be looking at the facts of this astronomical growth from this crisis,” de Blasio said on Good Morning America on Friday. “And a ventilator … means someone lives or dies.”

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With New York now the epicenter of the pandemic, de Blasio and governor Andrew Cuomo have repeatedly urged the Trump administration to provide more supplies. By Thursday afternoon, there had been more than 37,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York – 23,112 cases in the city alone.

De Blasio said the city received 2,500 fans in the past week, but it will need 15,000 in a short time. He also requested three million N-95 masks, 50 million surgical masks and 25 million sets of clothes, gloves and other protective equipment.

“I can tell you now that we have enough supplies to get through our hospitals this week and next – that’s all I can guarantee,” said de Blasio.

Regardless, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, have agreed to donate “hundreds” of ventilators to the state. de Blasio said on Twitter. Tesla owns a solar panel factory in Buffalo.

When Trump urged companies to reopen on Easter, de Blasio warned that the timeline was giving people “false hope.”

“It will get worse before it gets better,” he said.

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