Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” national security expert Juliette Kayyem claimed that the best and simplest thing that Donald Trump could do would be to put in motion the National Defense Production Act to get health workers the vital personal protection equipment they so desperately need.
Enacted in 1950, the act allows the executive branch to intervene and compel private industry to give priority to defense production.
Speaking with host John Berman, Kayyem explained that doctors and health care workers are doing the lion’s share of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and the president simply has to give them the tools to deal with it.
Following a clip of Massachusett’s Gov. Charlie Baker (R) complaining about the chaos of trying to get equipment — only to be outbid by other states — Kayyem said the supply and demand problem falls on the president.
“So because the market is open now because we’re not utilizing the Defense Production Act, it means that the seller has leverage,” she explained. “Because you have desperate buyers, 50 governors begging for the stuff the federal government trying to get it. That gives leverage to the seller because we live in a capitalist society. They then begin to raise the prices.”
“People in other states get desperate, they say ‘I’ll go up with you on that price’ and they outbid either Massachusetts or another state or the feds do the same,” she elaborated. “This is why we need to stabilize the supply chain; this is the easy part, it’s just logistics, satisfy the supply chain.”
“The defense production act sets the market at fair market value, you don’t have this bidding,” she added. “You don’t have this price gouging or price increases and you stabilize — this is the simplest part of this: satisfying the supply chain. The doctor and his colleagues are doing the hard part, right? This is just get them what they need.”
‘They just fired on us’: Horrifying videos of cops ‘using journalists for target practice’ in Minneapolis
Journalists covering the protests in Minneapolis reported on being targeted by police on Saturday.
Multiple reports -- including live coverage on CNN -- showed police firing rubber bullets at journalists.
It’s open season on the media for the cops in Minneapolis. Evil. https://t.co/ZR3Nnf9ofH
— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) May 31, 2020
‘Out of touch’ Trump is ‘detached from the difficult reality the country is living’: ex-GOP lawmaker
According to a report from the New York Times' Peter Baker, Donald Trump has done nothing in the past week but fan the flames of discord at a time when the country is reeling from the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 100,000 in the U.S. and protests have broken out in the streets over police brutality.
According to one former GOP member of the House, the president is completely detached from what is going on in America.
Andrew Cuomo denounces police violence: ‘The names change, but the color doesn’t’
At Saturday's press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) sharply condemned police brutality against Black men in an emotional speech.
"We tend to look at these situations as individual incidents. They're not individual incidents," said Cuomo. "When you have one episode, two episodes, maybe you can look at them as individual episodes. But when you have 10 episodes, 15 episodes, you are blind or in denial if you are still treating each one like a unique situation."
"We have an injustice in the criminal justice system that is abhorrent. That is the truth," said Cuomo. "It doesn't make me feel good to say that. I'm a former prosecutor ... and it's not just George Floyd. You look back even in modern history in my lifetime. This started with Rodney King. Rodney King was 30 years ago. We suffered in this city through Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell and Eric Garner. How many times have we seen the same situation? Yes, the names change, but the color doesn't. And that is the painful reality of this situation. And it's not just 30 years. It is this nation's history of discrimination and racism dating back hundreds of years."