The New York Daily News revealed on Thursday that the Trump administration has been secretly withholding millions of dollars from a fund intended to provide long-term health care to firefighters who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City.
In total, the newspaper found that "the Trump administration has secretly siphoned nearly $4 million away from a program that tracks and treats FDNY firefighters and medics suffering from 9/11 related illnesses," and that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has so far ignored bipartisan calls to restore it.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said that he wrote to Mnuchin about the diverted money but has so far received no response.
"I don’t even care what the details of this thing is," King told the Daily News. "That fund has to be fully compensated, fully reimbursed. I mean, this is absurd."
News of the withheld funding drew widespread outrage -- check out some reactions below.
.@stevenmnuchin1, how do you sleep at night. #September11 #NeverForget https://t.co/NrU44qGBZp— Carolyn B. Maloney (@Carolyn B. Maloney)1599781839.0
There is not a single excuse that can justify defunding medical treatment for our heroes suffering from 9/11-relate… https://t.co/YPfqIaBFDx— Rep. Max Rose (@Rep. Max Rose)1599776804.0
This is sick and wrong and totally on brand. Don’t let Trump tell you he loves first responders. BREAKING: Trump… https://t.co/B0aBYsYggA— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@Holly Figueroa O'Reilly)1599783229.0
This doesn’t surprise me at all. Trump did NOTHING to push for the extension of #Zadroga last year. Even when… https://t.co/cRwIn7kFE8— Paul Rieckhoff (@Paul Rieckhoff)1599797182.0
How can anyone in even think about voting to re-electing Trump. EXCLUSIVE: Trump administration secretly withheld… https://t.co/Qae1nsSe4W— Will Polk ⚡#WEARAMASK😷 (@Will Polk ⚡#WEARAMASK😷)1599832715.0
@realDonaldTrump But you're stealing their health care money...... YOU'RE STEALING FROM THE VERY PEOPLE YOU'RE PRAI… https://t.co/WMIIiYc9aQ— Mr. Bojanglez 🇺🇸 (@Mr. Bojanglez 🇺🇸)1599829363.0
TRUMP LEAVES 9/11 HEROES TO SUFFER Making certain that American heroes cannot be assisted. https://t.co/eqILb105fS— Bombshell DAILY 💣 (@Bombshell DAILY 💣)1599806515.0
@NYDailyNews I'm guessing Trump thinks the firefighters who risked and lost their lives on 9/11 are losers and suckers too.— Sandra Newman (@Sandra Newman)1599793521.0
Maybe Trump is stiffing 9/11 first responders secretly to make sure they stay calm. https://t.co/ZRPPD3uWyH— Miles Kahn (@Miles Kahn)1599796743.0