Friday, March 27, 2020
On Thursday night, [Donald] Trump shifted blame for coronavirus's spread to Democratic governors, making it clear he recognizes little obligation to do all he can to avert a truly calamitous number of American deaths. Among the governors Trump singled out was Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. ... Whitmer recounted that the most recent delivery of masks, gowns, face shields and gloves from the federal government's national strategic stockpile that was earmarked for a Michigan hospital on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis -- in southeast Michigan -- was woefully short of what is needed. "With the exception of the gloves, that allotment is barely enough to cover one shift at that hospital," Whitmer said. "Not even a whole day's worth of shifts. One shift."
What's really driving this? The Associated Press reports on one possibility:
"Trump has kept a close eye on the coronavirus media coverage and noted which local officials were praising or criticizing him, according to three aides who spoke on condition on anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the president's private deliberations."
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