Trump to Schumer: 'Stop Complaining' About Virus Response

  • Trump to Schumer: 'Stop Complaining' About Virus Response

Trump to Schumer: 'Stop Complaining' About Virus Response

Trump lashed out at Schumer in his letter, accusing him of using "incorrect sound bites" when talking about the administration's efforts.

"[Polowczyk] is working 24 hours a day, and is highly respected by everyone", Trump wrote.

New York City has suffered the worst coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

Trump was speaking at the White House daily coronavirus briefing at the same time his staff released the letter to Schumer, in which he blasted the New York Democrat's request for more streamlined leadership in mandating production to support the coronavirus response.

"I sent the letter with the best of intentions", Schumer added.

Schumer said, "Now, the president appointed somebody, a man named Peter Navarro, a professor, on China, to run the production side of it". By nearly all accounts, he has done a spectacular job.

"No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary", Trump wrote. "As you are aware, the federal government is merely a back-up for state governments. Unfortunately, your state needed far more of a back-up than most others".

"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 NY, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the "invisible enemy", Trump said.

Schumer had earlier expressed concerns over medical supplies shortages in certain states while claiming that Trump should dismiss VP Mike Pence as Coronavirus Task Force chairman and "designate a senior military officer to fix this urgent problem".

In a follow-up tweet, the president said it doesn't matter how much Schumer asks for, because it would "never be good enough". You should have pushed harder. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) leaves after a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March 17, 2020.

Schumer told MSNBC host Chris Hayes he wrote to the president hoping to convince him to implement a more centralized plan for distributing medical supplies around the country, rather than allowing states to draft their own plans, as Trump has preferred.

"To the President: Americans are dying and losing jobs". Stop the pettiness. Let's get it done.

Schumer responded to the letter on MSNBC, saying that he was "just appalled" by the president's statement. You know I say to the president just stop the pettiness.

He emphasized "complainers should have been stocked up and ready long before this crisis hit", adding that others are "thrilled with the job we have done".

Trump also said Schumer's involvement with the impeachment proceedings against Trump impacted his state's readiness. In New York City, the death toll stands at nearly 1,400.