“We’re sending things directly. We’re not sending it to our big storage areas and then picking it up from there,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Fox News.
Trump added, “I’m saying go directly send it directly where they need it. Don’t bring it into our factories, our plants, bring it in directly into the site, the hospital or wherever it’s going, and that’s for ventilators and other things.”
It’s the latest development in a clash between Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who disagreed last week on whether New York actually needs 30,000 ventilators during the coronavirus crisis.
New York is the epicenter of the US outbreak, with more than 60,000 of the nation’s 143,000 diagnoses and almost 1,000 deaths.
Cuomo on Tuesday slammed the federal government for sending just 400 ventilators through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “You want a pat on the back for sending 400 ventilators? You’re missing the magnitude of the problem,” the Democratic governor said.
But on Friday, Trump revealed that the federal government actually sent “thousands” of ventilators for New York to use, but that they were sitting unused in a warehouse in Edison, New Jersey. “They were in the warehouse, ready to go, and New York never took them,” Trump said.
Cuomo said Friday night that the ventilators were still in storage because “the hospitals don’t need them yet… the hospitals have enough ventilators today.”