De Blasio: Trump’s suggestion face masks are being stolen is ‘insulting’


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Mayor Bill de Blasio rejected President Donald Trump’s suggestion that New York doctors steal facial masks on Monday.

“It is insulting, it is outrageous, it is incredibly insensitive to people who are giving everything,” said de Blasio during an interview on NY1. “Our healthcare workers are suffering – they are literally watching some of their own get lost from the disease. They are struggling with everything they have.”

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During a press conference on Sunday, Trump asked why hospitals need medical care so quickly and asked, “Are you going out the back door?” He also said there is a “question about hoarding ventilators” by hospitals.

De Blasio said he did not know what the President was talking about.

“It is not true,” he said. “And it is the wrong thing for him and he should just go back to work, be the commander in chief and help us.”

In a later interview on CNN, de Blasio said the city would need 400 fans to get through this Sunday, and then more. He has repeatedly asked the Trump administration for 15,000 ventilators, three million N-95 masks, 50 million surgical masks and 25 million sets of clothes, gloves, and other protective equipment.

“I have not received any new assurances, I will continue to challenge them and set a marker – Sunday is D-Day. We need help by Sunday,” said de Blasio.

According to the latest state data, there are 59,513 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York, including 33,768 in the city. Nationwide there were almost 1,000 deaths.

De Blasio gave both interviews from Pier 90, where he and Governor Andrew Cuomo will officially welcome the USNS Comfort to the city. The naval ship will serve as a temporary hospital for non-coronavirus patients and will release more beds in existing hospitals for coronavirus care.

“For the people in this city who have been through so much in the past few weeks, what a boost in morale, what a shot in the arm to see our military here to help us in such a powerful way,” he said. “It is very moving, it is very moving for all of us. We need the help, let me say that.”

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