President Trump introduced Sunday that an enormous cache of desperately-needed coronavirus-fighting provides has landed in New York.
The primary flight within the FEMA challenge dubbed “Undertaking Airbridge” landed at John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport with 2 million masks and robes, greater than 10 million gloves and 70,000 thermometers that can go to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The Federal Emergency Administration Company is working with non-public firms on the initiative to “expedite the motion of important provides from different nations to the US,” the president mentioned.
FEMA has scheduled 19 further flights, and hopes to have about 50, Trump mentioned.
State and metropolis leaders, together with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Invoice de Blasio, have been pleading with the federal authorities for provides comparable to ventilators and masks for healthcare employees amid a widespread scarcity.
Trump on Sunday steered that some hospitals have been stockpiling with the tools.
“We have now some healthcare employees, some hospitals … hoarding tools together with ventilators,” Trump mentioned. “We have now to launch these ventilators — particularly hospitals which are by no means going to make use of them.”
Requested to elaborate on the claims, Trump mentioned, “I feel folks ought to verify that as a result of there’s one thing occurring.”
“I don’t assume it’s hoarding. I feel it’s perhaps worse than hoarding,” he added.
It wasn’t clear what services he was referring to.
In an look on Fox Information’ “Hannity,” Friday, Trump steered that New York gained’t want the 30,000 ventilators that Cuomo has mentioned might be mandatory.
The president additionally praised FEMA and the Military Corps of Engineers for constructing an “unbelievable” 2,900-bed hospital in New York’s Javits Middle. He mentioned they’re now shifting to different states to construct hospital beds, together with New Jersey and Louisiana.
“It’s an unbelievable complicated, prime of the road hospital,” Trump mentioned. “They did it so shortly. Everyone seems to be attempting to determine how they did it, together with me — and I used to be an excellent builder.”