According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, as late as February 2020 Trump’s General Services Administration (GSA) was auctioning off cases of N95 masks that are now in national shortage for health care workers who are treating coronavirus patients. This comes mere days after the president created the coronavirus task force and calls into question Trump’s control over the process and lack of concern he took regarding the fatal virus.
Last week, Trump publicly derided Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer for requesting more of the same N95 masks as Michigan faces a sprawling coronavirus outbreak. As of today, Michigan has soared past 6,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 184 deaths – the U.S. now has more coronavirus cases than any other country globally.
The report serves as another example of the president continuing to fail in his responsibilities to respond to the growing coronavirus threat in the United States and Michigan.
Just last week, Trump emphatically promised as many as 27 million coronavirus test kits and that every American who wanted a test could get one, but recent estimates show less than 1 million have been conducted across the entirety of the U.S. And according to recent audio uncovered by the New York Times, the president has been abjectly unaware all the while that there was even a shortage of coronavirus tests available.
In Michigan, things aren’t looking much better. As cases throughout the state continue to quantify, hospitals are facing an extreme shortage in beds, ventilators, and even health personnel to help fight back against the virus. Trump has yet to use the full power of the Defense Production Act, which authorizes the U.S. government to force manufacturers to produce medical equipment such as ventilators and masks to combat the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak.
Without adequate assistance from the White House, it looks up to statewide leaders, like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, to lead their states out of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.