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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The chief physician overseeing the Veterans Health Administration acknowledged that the Trump administration redirected a shipment of masks to the national stockpile after officials denied claims that health care workers were forced to work with inadequate protective equipment. "I had 5 million masks incoming that disappeared," Richard Stone, the executive in charge of the veterans health system, told The Washington Post. ... The lack of a steady supply has forced the VA to limit employees treating coronavirus patients to just one mask per day. Other hospital workers have been instructed to wear their masks for up to a week and staple it back together if the straps snap.

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Well the masks technically belong to Jarvanka.

#1 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-05 09:07 PM | Reply

We'll never know the truth about this caper but it does seem odd that the Strategic Stockpile was suddenly bone dry and China was suddenly flush with masks at the same time. Coincidentally, without any evidence, Trump was projecting his guilt onto doctors, accusing them of "selling PPEs out the backdoor."

'Nuf said. I think we know who was doing the CYA at the expense of America's veterans.

#2 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-05 10:16 PM | Reply

I think we know who was doing the CYA at the expense of America's veterans.

The highly overrated Meryl Streep?

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-05 10:35 PM | Reply

REDIAL

I happened to luck into about 100 extra surgical grade masks and was wondering where they could do the most good. I can't replace 5 million masks but the local VA Hospital is just five miles down the road. I'm going to break my shelter-in-place rule and show up there tomorrow and give them these masks.

#4 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-06 12:25 AM | Reply

Congress should pass a law requiring the VA to pre-purchase masks for the next 75 years worth of employees. Problem solved.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-06 02:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

SNOOFY

"Congress should pass a law requiring the VA to pre-purchase masks for the next 75 years worth of employees. Problem solved."

That's what the Strategic Stockpile is for. And there's never been a problem with funding before Trump. But when he sells the PPEs and ventilators out the back door to China and guts funding for the CDC, and fires the Emergency Pandemic Response Team and fires the embeds at W.H.O., and demonizes anybody who criticizes his action, and threatens any and all against speaking out, and skewers science, scientists and front line doctors and blocks passage of legislation, and denies test kits for "blue" state governors and confiscates life-saving shipments of PPEs to the VA . . . one would get the impression that the President of the United States isn't the least bit interested in saving even one of those hundreds of thousands of lives.

And now we see that he's partnered up with Corsi (remember him) and unscrupulous "doctors" to lie about FDA approval and sell that phony "cure" of disinfectant on television.

The solution isn't passing legislation, SNOOFY. It's vote this mental case out of office along with every cowardly member of Congress who are his enabler.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-06 04:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

They're our masks.

- Jarvanka.

#7 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-05-06 08:27 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I don't think they went to China, I think the went to red states, or to states where a GOP Senator or Congresscritter is in electoral trouble, like the vents he sent to Colorado in Cory Gardner's name. Dotard and by extension his regime have been using the national stockpile as election season baubles to try to win GOP votes. This MUST be illegal, and I'm really hoping that when President Biden takes over he doesn't do what President Obama did and choose not to pursue those responsible for crashing the economy!

I understand that the Obama Administration was working hard to dig the country out of the Bush/GOP Great Recession, and they were trying to take advantage of their political capital to get the ACA passed. I'm sure they thought congressional hearings/indictments would be a distraction from the most important legislation this country has seen since the 1960s, but I think he lost a lot of Dems voters by not holding to account the bankers and others who crashed the economy. I know that we've had a tradition in this country that each administration does not go after the previous administration, but criminality MUST be pursued! I think they lost an opportunity for free PR that would have come from daily reminders to voters daily that the GOP was complicit in what caused so much pain across the country.

There will be a LOT of blame to spread around, and I'm sure plenty of crimes have been committed, by Dotard, Kremlin Ken and the rest of the regime. If we don't hold them responsible for not just this, but for every law they have broken, then the next GOP POTUS (Don Jr.?) will feel even fewer constraints on his grifting and criminality.

#8 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-06 01:43 PM | Reply

GUNSLINGER

"I don't think they went to China, "

I don't think so either. But I do think they replaced the PPE's in the Strategic Stockpile that DID go to China.

Trump's short sighted bad judgment left him flatfooted when the pandemic hit the U.S. hard and fast.

Russia pitched in to help fill the empty warehouses, too. On April 1st they sent Trump a plane load of household cleaners, rubber kitchen gloves, some vintage gas masks and 45 ventilators that had voltage problems. And they only charged the U.S. $650,000 for that junk. I think Trump gave it to New York and New Jersey.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-06 02:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

the Strategic Stockpile was suddenly bone dry and China was suddenly flush with masks at the same time.

The Trump administration is on record publicizing its gift of 17.8 tons of medical equipment to China in February, so this isn't some mystery.

www.state.gov

#10 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-06 02:26 PM | Reply

What did Trump get in quid pro quo for 17.8 tons of American medical equipment? More trademarks for Ivanka? A new building with Trump's name on it? The Gyna Virus?

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-06 02:29 PM | Reply

SNOOFY

"What did Trump get in quid pro quo for 17.8 tons of American medical equipment? More trademarks for Ivanka? A new building with Trump's name on it? The Gyna Virus?"

Suckup privileges!

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-06 02:33 PM | Reply

What did Trump get in quid pro quo for 17.8 tons of American medical equipment? More trademarks for Ivanka? A new building with Trump's name on it? The Gyna Virus?

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-06 02:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

A country to flee to after the election?

#13 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-06 03:16 PM | Reply

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