New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday delivered a scathing rebuke of President Donald Trump’s continued foot dragging on employing the Defense Production Act to force factories to produce needed medical equipment to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
During his latest pandemic briefing, Cuomo detailed how the federal government’s hands-off approach to producing medical supplies is forcing states to compete with one another, thus driving up costs at a time when the country’s health care system is under severe strain.
“This is not the way to do it,” Cuomo said. “This is ad hoc, I’m competing with other states, I’m bidding up other states on the prices. Because you have manufacturers who sit there, and California offers them $4, and they say, well, California offered $4, I offer $5, another state offers $6. It’s not the way to do it.”
Rather, said Cuomo, the president needed to invoke the DPA to tell factories specifically what and how much they need to produce to meet the demand for supplies.
“We need to know what the numbers of what we need produced, and who is going to produce that and when,” Cuomo said. “I get that a lot of companies are stepping up and doing good things, and that’s a beautiful thing. They’re doing it here in New York, too. But you can’t run this operation that way. It can’t just be based on we’re waiting for people to come forward with offers, and if you happen to get a lot of offers on gloves, then you have a lot of gloves. But if you get no offers on masks, then you don’t have masks.”
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24 hours of embarrassing incidents culminate in #TrumpIsALaughingStock trending on Twitter
President Donald Trump has already had a tough week.
It started Monday evening when HBO aired a widely-panned interview with Axios correspondent Jonathan Swan.
Monday morning, Trump appeared entirely unfamiliar with Yosemite National Park.
And then Trump had another one of his lie-filled presidential briefings.
All the fodder circulating resulted in the hashtag for "Trump is a laughing stock" trending on Twitter.
Here's some of what people were saying about the commander-in-chief:
GOP operatives linked to Kayne West’s presidential bid in potential ‘spoiler’ effort: NYT
There are questions as to whether Kanye West is running a "spoiler" bid for president to help re-elect his friend, Donald Trump, according to a new report by The New York Times.
"At least four people who have been active in Republican politics are linked to Kanye West’s attempt to get on the presidential ballot this year. The connection raises questions about the aims of the entertainer’s effort and whether it is regarded within the G.O.P. as a spoiler campaign that could aid President Trump, even as those close to Mr. West have expressed concerns about his mental health as he enters the political arena," the newspaper reported.
Kris Kobach ridiculed after losing comeback bid in Kansas: ‘Adios amigo’
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the projected loser of the state's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
Kobach, a longtime crusader against immigration, headed up President Donald Trump's so-called "voter fraud commission" before it was disbanded after failing to identify any widespread instances of fraud.
Kobach unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018.
Here's some of what people were saying about Kobach's defeat: