“Whatever the states can get, they should be getting. I say we’re sort of a backup for the states.”
States bidding against each other for supplies?
“They have to work that out.”
States refusing to issue stay-at-home orders?
“There are some states that don’t have much of a problem.”
Over the past month, Trump has blamed nearly a dozen entities for his coronavirus response, but perhaps none has been more directly affected by Trump’s buck-passing than state governments. You can watch examples of him casting blame their way in the video above.
The Trump administration has suggested that the Strategic National Stockpile was not designed to supplement states (it was) and has said states should have built up their own medical stockpiles, even as the federal government failed to restock its stockpile for years. And amid the nationwide medical supply shortage, Trump waited nine days after signing the Defense Production Act order to use it.
REPORTER: States say they’re bidding like they’re on eBay, because the supplies are going to the private sector and then they have to go there to get the supplies.
POLOWCYZK: That’s normally how things work, right? I’m not here to disrupt a supply chain.
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) April 7, 2020
“Yeah, normally. But I think when you hear the — you know, this has never been done before in this country,” Trump said on March 16, touting his administration’s coronavirus testing.