De Blasio on Coronavirus: 'People Will Die Because of Trump'
New York Mayor turns crisis into a political rant
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio accused President Donald Trump of not lifting “a finger to help” with the coronavirus breakout during NBC’s “Meet the Press."
De Blasio, who is a frequent critic of Trump, said:
“The truth is, and New Yorkers and all Americans deserve the truth, it’s only getting worse."
"April and May are going to be a lot worse. Right now, we are a third of the cases in the country," he added.
"That’s going to get worse. We’re about two thirds or more of the cases in New York State. That’s 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," de Blasio argued.
"And I don’t get it. I don’t get it. Right now, I have asked repeatedly for the military to be mobilized for the Defense Production Act to be used to its fullest to get things like ventilators so people who can live who would die otherwise, I can’t be blunt enough," he continued.
"If the president doesn’t act, people will die who could have lived otherwise.”
De Blasio added:
“The American government is not at full bore. The defense act has been activated."
"We have gotten no indication of any factory on 24/7 shifts, no shipments, and the U.S. military is at its bases and not the front lines," he said.
"Respectfully, governor, we cannot be gentle about this point right this minute," he added.
"From this minute forward, our government, our federal government needs to be in this fight instead of on the sidelines," he said.
"I’m not worried about blame. I’m worried about saving lives right this minute, and I don’t see the federal government at this moment.”
The news comes days after the reports suggested the coronavirus was killing residents of New York City at a rate of over one per hour.
Fourteen people in New York City died from the virus between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m, as the death total increase to 43 in the Big Apple.
The toll had been 29 before Friday’s increase in deaths.
The reports show the city's single-day toll had hit double digits for the first time.
But President Donald Trump's approval rating amid his handling of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic has skyrocketed in recent days.
The COVID-19 outbreak has developed into one of America's most significant challenges.
President Trump's leadership through the crisis is winning him a growing number of supporters, however.