Appearing on CNN, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio accused President Trump of “betraying the city.”
Bill de Blasio:
I said very clearly that for the month of march we have the supplies that we need. the city has very strong reserves of the kind of supplies that i talked about. it is going into April that i’m worried about.
We have to be sober about this. You’re talking about a state of 8.6 million people, thousands new cases in a day. We’ve got to be honest about the sheer extent of this problem and where is the federal government?
Where is the military? Why won’t the president give the order to mobilize our military to guarantee that these products are being produced through the defense production act and get them to the American front in this war which is New York.
We have been pleading for weeks with the federal government to step in. We’re now by far the epicenter of this crisis here in New York state. What does it take to get some attention? What does it take for our president?
He’s from New York and he’s betraying the city he comes from. All he has to do is order the military to active duty to fight this war, to fight this challenge, this enemy, and he’s not doing it, even though he activated the Defense Production Act not a single factory that I know of has been mandated to go on 24/7 production of ventilators and surgical masks.
In a separate event, de Blasio said “”I will only say to the president: I don’t understand. And I think there are millions and tens of millions of Americans who don’t understand what you’re doing right now.
“You are not using the tools of your office.””
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: "I will only say to the president: I don't understand. And I think there are millions and tens of millions of Americans who don't understand what you're doing right now.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 19, 2020
Meanwhile, Sean Hannity ribbed de Blasio for explaining why he was still going to the gym while they were on the verge of being closed down.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio explains why he's allowed to go to the gym and you are not… pic.twitter.com/HOM3UcdRkP
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 19, 2020