Trump Salutes Hospital Staff in New York: 'You People Are Just Incredible'
President says it's like watching 'military people going into battle'
President Donald Trump expressed gratitude for the job being done by the medical staff at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, N.Y. during Tuesday’s coronavirus news briefing at the White House.
The hospital, which is located not far from where the President grew up, was among those overwhelmed as New York City and New York state faced the most significant number of coronavirus patients in the nation.
“I watched the doctors and nurses walking into the hospital this morning, and it is like military people going into battle, going into war.," Trump said.
"The bravery is incredible,” Trump told reporters.
“If I were wearing a hat, I'd rip that hat off so fast, and I would say, 'You people are just incredible.’”
Trump also expressed shock and sadness after seeing images of bodies being loaded into refrigerated trailers outside the hospital.
The President addressed the images in remarks to reporters Sunday:
“I’ve been watching that for the last week on television,” he said, according to WPIX-TV of New York.
”Body bags all over, in hallways. I’ve been watching them bring in trailer trucks — freezer trucks, they’re freezer trucks, because they can’t handle the bodies, there are so many of them."
"This is essentially in my community, in Queens -- Queens, New York,” he added.
President Trump praises hospital workers in Elmhurst, Queens, close to where he grew up: "If I were wearing a hat, I'd rip that hat off so fast and I would say, 'You people are just incredible'" https://t.co/GkInFxQK4R pic.twitter.com/X9cgc3eMSb— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 31, 2020
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“I’ve seen things that I’ve never seen before.”
New York City reported its 1,000th coronavirus death on Tuesday, accounting for about two-thirds of more than 1,500 deaths in the state.
Task Force projecting the final U.S. total could range between 100,000 and 240,000 fatalities.
Meanwhile, New York's Democrat governor, Andrew Cuomo, did his part by releasing eight convicted sex offenders from the state's prisons in a bid to fight the coronavirus spread.
The convicts, including child rapists, were set free as part of a statewide initiative led by Gov. Cuomo to empty jails over fears inmates will contract COVID-19.