Trump Embarrasses Schumer After He Calls For Military Official to be in Charge of Medical Equipment

On Wednesday during an interview with CNN, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged President Trump to have a senior military official look over the production and distribution of medical equipment. The President later responded by saying that it had already been done.

While joining CNN’s Erin Burnett, Schumer said that there is a “dramatic shortage of all the needed supplies or most of them, whether it’s masks, whether it’s PPE [Personal Protective Equipment] … whether it’s ventilators.”

“And we have no one really in charge,” the senator said. The result is the “awful spectacle of governors bidding against one another,” he claimed.

The Daily Wire notes:

While Schumer said he believes Peter Navarro — the man who is serving as coordinator of the Defense Production Act, which allows the federal government to order industries to produce needed goods in extreme emergencies — is a “very nice man,” he does not believe he is equipped to handle the crisis. “I talked to [Navarro],” said Schumer. “He is not up to the job. He is a very nice man, but he has no experience doing things like this.” As far as he can tell, Schumer said, “no one” is in charge of the distribution of medical supplies.

The solution, he suggested, is to appoint a high-ranking military person to take over the job. “They need one person, a military person, a general who knows how to deal with logistics and quartermastering, who knows command and control,” he said. “You need to place that person, the czar, in charge of both production and distribution of all of these kinds of needed equipment and get it to the places that are needed.”

On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to respond to Schumer’s comments, stating that he had already appointed a military official to oversee the process.

“Somebody please explain to Cryin’ Chuck Schumer that we do have a military man in charge of distributing goods, a very talented Admiral, in fact,” said President Trump while referring to Rear Adm. John Polowczyk.

The President wasn’t done. He continued by slamming Schumer.

“New York has gotten far more than any other State, including hospitals [and] a hospital ship, but no matter what, always complaining. It wouldn’t matter if you got ten times what was needed, it would never be good enough,” President Trump continued. “Unlike other states, New York unfortunately got off to a late start. You should have pushed harder. Stop complaining [and] find out where all of these supplies are going. [Gov. Andrew] Cuomo working hard!”

“Massive amounts of medical supplies, even hospitals and medical centers, are being delivered directly to states and hospitals by the Federal Government,” the President added. “Some have insatiable appetites & are never satisfied (politics?). Remember, we are a backup for them.”

He finished: “The complainers should have been stocked up and ready long before this crisis hit. Other states are thrilled with the job we have done. Sending many Ventilators today, with thousands being built. 51 large cargo planes coming in with medical supplies. Prefer sending directly to hospitals.”

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