A Democrat, who represents the nation’s most populous city, is pleading with the head of U.S. government to help stop a deadly Asian disease soon after being overjoyed to learn he was moving out of his city.
Mayor Bill de Blasio wants the Trump administration to mobilize the military to ease the impact of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus.
“We are about two thirds or more of the cases in New York State that is going to get worse but … the president of the United States is from New York City and he will not lift a finger to help his hometown and I do not get it, I do not get it,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” television program. “I have asked repeatedly for the military to be mobilized for the Defense Production Act to be used to its fullest to get us things like ventilators, so people who can live who would die otherwise.”
The mayor believes the military’s “extraordinary medical capacity” would be able to effectively handle all situations.
“All military personnel who are medically trained should be sent to places where this crisis is deep like New York right now,” he said. “The military is the best logistical organization in the nation. If there are ventilators being produced anywhere in the country, we need to get them to New York. Not weeks from now or months from now, in the next 10 days and the only force that can do that in American is the military.”
The remarks came just months after the mayor publicly celebrated President Donald Trump’s decision to move his permanent residence from New York City to Palm Beach, Florida.
“Do not let the door hit you on the way out or whatever,” he said on Twitter.
The president did not respond directly to the mayor’s criticism and instead focused on holding talks with automobile manufacturers to repurpose factories to make critical products.
“Ford, General Motors and Tesla are being given the go ahead to make ventilators and other metal products fast,” he said on Twitter. “Go for it auto executives, let us see how good you are.”
de Blasio expects the statewide lockdown and its economic flow-on effects to worsen as the months pass.
“The truth is and New Yorkers and all Americans reserve the blunt truth it is only getting worse and, in fact, April and in May are going to be a lot worse,” he said. “I cannot be blunt enough if the president does not act, people will die who could have lived otherwise, senior citizens, folks who are members of families and we cannot get action from the president of the United States.”
The president believes postal services can also help address the supply shortage.
“The hard working men and women of UPS are working overtime to maintain our supply chain and deliver medical supplies to those in need,” he said on Twitter. “Your work is critical to the health of our nation, keep it up.”