President Trump says he is “producing tremendously” for New York, noting he sent thousands of ventilators to the state and denying claims in the media that he and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are at odds over the response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“I am working very hard to help New York City & State. Dealing with both Mayor & Governor and producing tremendously for them, including four new medical centers and four new hospitals,” Trump posted on Twitter Wednesday. “Fake News that I won’t help them because I don’t like Cuomo (I do). Just sent 4000 ventilators!”
At his daily coronavirus briefing Tuesday, Cuomo repeated his request for 30,000 ventilators, as the outbreak spreads through New York like a “bullet train.”
Shortly after, the federal government announced it would send 4,000 ventilators to be split between the city and state.
Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed the shipment during his coronavirus briefing at City Hall.
“Just a short time ago, I got the very good news that we got an announcement from the federal government that 4,000 more ventilators are on the way to New York state in the next 48 hours,” de Blasio said.
Hizzoner was grateful for the ventilators but said more will be needed to treat patients in the city, which has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the nation with more than 15,000 cases.
“I want to thank the administration for what has begun to happen, but I need everyone in Washington to understand that it’ll just get us to the first week of April, even with this new supply,” he said. “It is something that literally is going to be the difference between life and death for thousands upon thousands of New Yorkers.”
Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday said the Department of Defense is working with FEMA to send field hospitals, including medical equipment and health care professionals, to New York City and Seattle.
The Trump administration also sent the USNS Comfort hospital ship to New York Harbor.
The Comfort, which was sent to New York after 9/11, is outfitted with 1,000 beds and up to 1,200 doctors, nurses and medical specialists, as well as an array of medical equipment.