President Donald Trump sent a scathing letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday, April 2, responding to criticism of his response to the CCP Virus (Wuhan coronavirus) pandemic.
“If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers) and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the “invisible enemy,” the president wrote.
President Trump, to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: “You should have had New York much better prepared than you did.” pic.twitter.com/QpkUdLmvO6
— David Gura 🏡 (@davidgura) April 2, 2020
President Trump’s letter came after Schumer sent a letter to the president on Thursday, in which he described the Trump administration’s “tardiness and inadequacy” in its response and accused the president of dismissing the Defense Production Act.
The president fired back, saying the Schumer’s claims “are wrong in every way.”
“The Defense Production Act (DPA) has been consistently used by my team and me for the purchase of billions of dollars’ worth of equipment, medical supplies, ventilators, and other related items. It has been powerful leverage, so powerful that companies generally do whatever we are asking, without even a formal notice. They know something is coming, and that’s all they need to know,” President Trump said.
Schumer called on President Trump to appoint a senior military officer to direct the manufacturing of further medical equipment, to which the president said he had already done and informed Schumer.
“We have given New York many things, including hospitals, medical centers, medical supplies, record numbers of ventilators, and more. You should have had New York much better prepared than you did, as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx said yesterday, New York was very late in its fight against the virus,” President Trump continued. “As you are aware, the federal government is merely a backup for state governments. Unfortunately, your state needed far more of a backup than most others.”
“No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win,” he said, referencing to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) who some have speculated will seek a Senate primary challenge against Schumer.
The president went on to praised New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for “getting the job done.” He urged Schumer, who he said has been “missing in action except when it comes to the “press,” to work with Cuomo “for the good of all New Yorkers” despite of differences between them.
“I’ve known you for many years, but I never knew how bad a senator you are for the state of New York until I became president,” he concluded.
New York is one of the hardest hit states by the CCP Virus, the number of deaths in the state passed 2,000 by Thursday as the number of confirmed cases eclipsed 90,000, according to Cuomo.