The Trump campaign is pushing back on claims from Democrats that President Trump was slow to respond to states’ growing need for hospital beds and other supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.
New York Governor Cuomo initially raised alarms in March that his state was becoming overwhelmed by the coronavirus and would require federal emergency help.
This help came right away according to Trump’s 2020 campaign.
The report adds: “Democrats and the media pounced” on prior political disagreements between Cuomo and Trump and “predicted the federal government would fail to meet the challenge.”
But, the Trump administration rose to the challenge and “acted immediately, dispatching the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort and its 1,000 hospital beds ahead of schedule to New York harbor.”
According to Trump’s campaign website, the Army Corp of Engineers worked “around the clock to turn the Javits Center into a medical center in record time.” On Friday, the Javitz Center announced it would be closing down after it treated over 1,000 patients.
The USNS Comfort, a Mercy-class hospital ship, had also been called up from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. The vessel’s crew treated 182 patients and similarly announced on Thursday the ship was closing down its operations and returning home.
“Have we lost anyone because we didn’t have a bed, or we didn’t have a ventilator, or we didn’t have health care staff? No,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said via the report. “What the federal government did working with states … was a phenomenal accomplishment.”
“These were just extraordinary efforts and acts of mobilization and the federal government stepped up,” the governor added.
The Trump campaign said in response: “This was no coincidence – it was thanks to the Trump Administration’s unprecedented, historic mobilization to get New York and other states the assistance they need.”
The alert in March was that NYC could imminently run out of hospital beds, and Democrats and the media pounced.
Sensational reports predicted the federal government would fail to meet the challenge.
This was, of course, another false narrative.https://t.co/6h3zVa6KZv
— Tim Murtaugh – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TimMurtaugh) May 2, 2020