“There’s something going on,” Trump said. “And you should see it as a reporter. Where do the masks go? Do you go out the back door? How do you get from 10,000 to 300,000 and we have that in many different places? “
Trump’s comments come when doctors and nurses in New York City and other communities across America where hospitals are overcrowded with highly infectious patients say that they are forced to reuse masks and other equipment, putting them at risk of life. Several healthcare workers have already died, including a 48-year-old nurse manager at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
The president also said that the nation’s failure to start the tests was the fault of previous administrations that had not prepared the state health authorities for a pandemic of this magnitude.
“We had a test situation that just wasn’t right,” he said. “It was okay for very small cases, but it was out of date and broken and it was only good for a very small situation.”