ALBANY, NY- While Andrew Cuomo appears to be the Democrats new hope for taking out President Trump in November due to Biden’s implosion, the truth is coming out about Cuomo’s claims that the state of New York had a shortage of ventilators and was blaming the Trump administration for that problem.
However, it came out Friday by Cuomo himself that the New York WAS in possession of unused ventilators.
“Yes, they’re in a stockpile because that’s where they are supposed to be, because we don’t need them yet,” Cuomo said. “We need them for the apex, the apex isn’t here, so we’re gathering them in a stockpile.”
So, apparently despite Cuomo’s grandstanding to the opposite, he acknowledged that New York is not experiencing a shortage in ventilators in New York City, despite alarming reports to the contrary.
The president had tweeted on Friday about the fact that there was a stockpile of ventilators found in storage in New York:
Thousand of Federal Government (delivered) Ventilators found in New York storage. N.Y. must distribute NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
Cuomo has repeatedly complained that the federal government, referring to the Trump administration in particular is not sending enough ventilators to New York.
“We don’t need them today, because we’re not at capacity today, that’s why they’re not deployed because they’re not needed,” Cuomo said.
The truth always comes out.
President @realDonaldTrump delivered ventilators to New York
& Governor Cuomo let them sit in a warehouse.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) March 28, 2020
On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence said that the federal government had sent 2,000 additional ventilators to New York, with another 2,000 sent last Wednesday.
“I just received word, and the challenge New York faces. Earlier today FEMA [the Federal Emergency Management Agency], from the national stockpile, shipped 2,000 ventilators to the state of New York.”
“Tomorrow there will be another 2,000 ventilators shipped from the national stockpile,” the vice president said.
“We have a ways to go yet, it’s the reason why we’re marshaling all the resources, not just from national stockpiles but from our existing supply in hospitals, and that equipment can be converted.”
Friday however, Cuomo said that expert projections indicated the state would need up to 140,000 beds and 40,000 ventilators to deal with the coronavirus.
“I don’t operate on opinions, I operate on facts and on data and on numbers and on projections,” he said.
Cuomo admitted that he had ventilators, however.
“Of course we didn’t—that’s the whole point. The hospitals don’t need them yet. The hospitals aren’t at their apex. The hospitals have enough ventilators today, but their numbers are going up.”
Cuomo still criticized the president, saying:
“We don’t need them today because we’re not at capacity today, that’s why they’re not deployed because they’re not needed,” he added.
“So, the point is, ‘well they’re in a stockpile, you must not need them’ is just ignorant—of course, you don’t need them today! You need them when you hit the apex, which is 30,000. We’re not there yet.”
On Friday, President Trump told Fox News that he wasn’t sure that New York would need 40,000 ventilators.
“I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be,” the president said.
The president spoke of ventilators numerous times on Friday, as most of the lame-stream media were repeatedly and obsessively focused on a so-called shortage and suggested the president do more by invoking the Defense Production Act.
Ironically, most businesses have stepped up without Trump having to invoke the act.
We have just purchased many Ventilators from some wonderful companies. Names and numbers will be announced later today!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
Companies such as Ford, GM and Tesla have agreed to look into retooling for the purpose of manufacturing ventilators, while foreign automakers such as Rolls-Royce and Jaguar in Great Britain have done the same.
Some smaller companies as well have also agreed to help by manufacturing items from hand sanitizer to surgical masks and gowns.
Unfortunately the GM deal seems to be getting bogged down in red tape:
As usual with “this” General Motors, things just never seem to work out. They said they were going to give us 40,000 much needed Ventilators, “very quickly”. Now they are saying it will only be 6000, in late April, and they want top dollar. Always a mess with Mary B. Invoke “P”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
🇺🇸 We've seen the greatest mobilization of industry since World War II
— ☀️Brandon Beckham, Esq. (@BrandonBeckham_) March 27, 2020
New York City currently has had over 678 deaths due to the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile here is an article LET had about Cuomo’s failed leadership just in case you missed it.
NEW YORK– Governor Cuomo has offered millions of dollars to ease the “suffering” of illegal immigrants trying to get driver’s licenses and to be able to vote in elections, but it appears he did very little to prepare his state for the COVID-19 pandemic.
He flip-flops on a daily basis, it seems, as one day he praises President Trump for swift and decisive action, stating that Trump’s team is “on point,” and then he switches gears to attack the President – stating that Trump and the White House are sending unclear messages to the public.
Robert Kraychik of Brietbart reported that on March 7, Cuomo told MSNBC that Trump is sending “mixed messages” regarding the pandemic.
Cuomo was quoted as advising the public to ignore federal authorities:
“Forget what you’re hearing from the federal government.”
Additionally, Cuomo stated that the President’s actions “add to the fear and frustration of people.”
There are no mixed messages, only political weaponization by people like you and your brother, Fredo! https://t.co/NqH4pHfuwt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2020
On March 16, during a press conference, Cuomo doubled down on his previous statement regarding the lack of “national leadership.”
As Breitbart reported, Cuomo said at the time:
“’It makes no sense’ for different states and cities to have varying responses to the threat, assessed Cuomo, calling for a one-size-fits-all standard without accounting for varying conditions between states.”
Additionally, Cuomo said he wanted national guidelines to assist local and state governments:
“Let the federal government say these are the guidelines. Here are the guidelines on schools. Here are the guidelines on businesses. Here are the guidelines on travel. Rather than having a scramble of every local government, state government, trying to figure it out on its own. It makes no sense.”
“Cuomo of New York has to ‘do more,’” Trump tweeted.
“I have to do more? No — YOU have to do something! You’re supposed to be the president,” the governor posted.https://t.co/1j4VqMXGiU
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 16, 2020
And of course, President Trump responded:
Cuomo wants “all states to be treated the same.” But all states aren’t the same. Some are being hit hard by the Chinese Virus, some are being hit practically not at all. New York is a very big “hotspot”, West Virginia has, thus far, zero cases. Andrew, keep politics out of it….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2020
Cuomo has been quick to blame the President for the anticipated ventilator shortage in the State of New York.
Ok, go ahead and publicly blame Trump, Governor.
The only problem with that is we have people admitting that in 2015, Cuomo had the chance to purchase 16,000 additional ventilators, but declined to.
Betsy McCaughey is the former lieutenant governor of New York.
“After learning that the state’s stockpile of medical equipment had 16,000 fewer ventilators than New Yorkers would need in a severe pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to a fork in the road in 2015.
He could have chosen to buy more ventilators. Instead, he asked his health commissioner, Howard Zucker, to assemble a task force and draft rules for rationing the ventilators they already had.”
So, instead of having a healthy supply of the much needed ventilators, said Breitbart:
“New York is now rationing ventilators by having two [COVID-19]-stricken patients share a single machine to address the shortage of units.”
Also noted in Breitbart by Kristina Wong, on March 17th:
“Governor Cuomo praised President Trump’s response efforts to the viral pandemic in New York, saying his team was ‘on it’ and that he was doing the ‘right thing.’ He also called for Americans to put politics aside.”
Of the President, Cuomo stated:
“He is ready, willing, and able to help. I’ve been speaking with members of his staff late last night, early this morning. We need their help, especially on the hospital capacity issue.
We need FEMA, FEMA has tremendous resources. When I was at HUD, we worked with FEMA. I know what they can do. I know what the Army Corps of Engineers can do. They have a capacity that we simply do not have.”
Cuomo is wrapping praise for Trump into his request for additional hospitals – describes it as the downside to being "as good as you are" at what you do, a ref to the quick building of additional hospitals that took place already. This is not Cuomo's first government rodeo.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 27, 2020
Additionally, Cuomo spoke of his relationship with the President, saying:
“I said to the president, who is a New Yorker, who I’ve known for many, many years, I put my hand out in partnership. ‘I want to work together, 100 percent. I need your help. I want your help. And New Yorkers will do everything they can to be good partners with the federal government.’”
Cuomo said that the President is “100 percent sincere in saying that he wanted to work together, in partnership, in a spirit of cooperation.”
Andrew Cuomo is winning all kinds of praise for his handling of the coronavirus crisis in his state and in NYC. It’s undeserved. As the virus spread across the globe, Cuomo had no comprehensive plan in place to keep his state—and the country—safe: https://t.co/Nv4ifIoWS0
— Julie Kelly (@julie_kelly2) March 27, 2020
Cuomo complimented the administration’s response:
“His team has been on it. I know a team when they’re on it, and I know a team when they’re not on it. His team is on it, they’ve been responsive, late at night, early in the morning, and they’ve thus far been doing everything that they can do, and I want to say thank you, and I want to say that I appreciate it.
They will have nothing but cooperation and partnership from the state of New York.”
Almost in the same breath he used to put down the President’s efforts, Cuomo echoed Trump’s very words and said:
“We are not Democrats, we are not Republicans, we are Americans at the end of the day. That’s who we are. And that’s who we are when we’re at our best.
So this hyper-sensitivity about politics and reading every comment and wanting to pit one against the other, there’s no time for this. The president is doing the right thing in offering to step up with New York and I appreciate it. And New York will do the right thing in return.”
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