Donald Trump doubles claims that states should supply fans for crisis-hit hospitals and claims New York has ‘found’ some in a warehouse, despite Andrew Cuomo rejecting the claim as ‘no fact’
- Trump has repeatedly raised suspicions about hospital equipment amid dangerous shortages
- On Sunday he asked if masks ‘went out the back door’
- Trump claims fans were supplied and ‘not used’
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called Trump’s previous claim ‘incorrect and totally uninformed’
- Cuomo says the state needs up to 40,000 fans
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President Donald Trump reiterated his claim that there was an urgent need for fans that the FBI delivering to New York were discovered in a warehouse and unused.
He echoed the claim, which New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called “false and grossly uninformed,” in an interview with Fox News, as the state warns that there are thousands of respirators that are not enough to treat patients during peak times. coronavirus pandemic in the city.
“We delivered 4,000 fans in New York to their warehouse, which happens to be located in Edison, New Jersey. It was signed off, delivered and not used, ” Trump claimed. “And we said a few days later,” Why don’t you use these fans? ‘ I do not know what happened. But we delivered thousands and we delivered them to many people. ‘
President Donald Trump claimed that fans supplied to New York were “not used.” A few days earlier, he said some of the 4,000 state-supplied fans had been ‘found’ in a warehouse. New York Governor Cuomo called the claim “incorrect and totally uninformed”
Trump exploded with a reporter who insisted on Sunday on statements that cast doubt on governors’ requests for large numbers of fans. Cuomo has said that his state may need 30,000 to 40,000.
Trump said on Monday that the state where he was born, but that is no longer his hometown, should be “okay.”
“There is quite a question about that. I think New York should be fine. Based on the numbers we see, they should have more than enough. I hear stories that they are not being used or that they are not being used properly, “Trump said.
Trump called the morning hosts on Fox and predicted that fans would drop in price dramatically once the epidemic subsided. He said some are now going for $ 30,000, as governors and heads of state are desperate to buy them.
New York Governor Cuomo says his state may need up to 40,000 fans. He called Trump’s previous claim about unused fans “false and totally uninformed.”
Cuomo says the equipment is being held during a spike that could come in two to three weeks.
On Saturday, March 28, 2020, two medical workers will stand between COVID-19 test tents set up outside the emergency room of the Elmhurst Hospital Center in the Queens neighborhood of New York. The hospital has been heavily burdened in recent weeks to treat coronavirus patients during the current viral pandemic. . Both Trump and Cuomo are from Queens
National Guard members gather at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which will be converted into a hospital in New York City on March 27, 2020 to help combat coronavirus cases.
In this file photo from Saturday, March 28, 2020, staff are working in a fan refurbishment assembly line on the Bloom Energy campus in Sunnyvale, California.
Trump exploded from a reporter who asked about his comments on his previous statements that some governors were asking for equipment they wouldn’t need
“But we find 2-4,000 everywhere that have been shipped and unused, now we’ve done a job,” Trump said of New York.
“When this is over, they’ll sell fans for a dollar each. We will have many, “he said.
Cuomo called similar comments from Trump last week “ incorrect and totally uninformed ” when Trump claimed that fans in New York had been “ found. ”
“Of course not – that’s the whole point,” said Cuomo. “The hospitals don’t need them yet. Hospitals are not at their peak. Hospitals today have enough fans, but their numbers are increasing. ‘
Trump previously made the claim on Twitter on Friday when infections and deaths in New York increased and hospitals complained about the upcoming urgent need for equipment: “A thousand of the federal government (delivered) fans found in New York storage,” tweeted Trump.
N.Y. must spread NOW! Trump added.