Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are asking Congress to launch an investigation into whether or not President Trump politicized his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The query of, ‘What did they know and when did they comprehend it?’ can’t be left to the historical past books to reply. Our future well being and financial safety relies on holding the Trump administration accountable at this time,” wrote the 2 Democratic governors, who’ve sparred with the president over dealing with of the pandemic, in a press release Thursday.
“It’s an inarguable indisputable fact that the US has had the worst response to the COVID-19 virus of any nation on the earth. Practically 7 million People have examined optimistic for the virus, and greater than 200,000 People have been killed by it — each greater than some other nation,” they wrote.
“The unprecedented and unacceptable scale of this tragedy is the direct results of President Trump and the federal authorities’s deceit, political self-dealing, and incompetence,” Cuomo and Whitmer continued.
As proof, they declare that Trump has spurned recommendation from scientists and well being specialists and as an alternative put the well being and security of People within the “palms of political appointees whose first precedence was securing the reelection of their benefactor, with predictably tragic outcomes.”
Additionally they pointed to stories that claimed the White Home blocked a plan by Well being and Human Providers to ship 5 masks to every American family through the Postal Service.
“Think about the lives that would have been saved if each family had been supplied masks at such a vital time,” they requested.
“Much more harmful,” they alleged, is that political appointees over the objection of scientists on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention published guidance that mentioned asymptomatic individuals shouldn’t be examined for the coronavirus.
After which the CDC reverted to previous guidance and eliminated a warning that COVID-19 might be unfold by way of airborne particles.
“As a rustic, we can’t permit any such politically-motivated determination making to take root. Logic dictates that COVID gained’t be the final public well being problem we’ll face, and we are able to’t afford to once more reply by taking part in politics, as an alternative of listening to the science and info,” they mentioned within the assertion.
Trump and Cuomo have traded barbs about one another’s dealing with of the coronavirus because the outbreak rocked New York onerous within the spring.
Earlier this month, the president bashed the governor for performing too late to reopen eating places within the metropolis and blamed him for Empire State residents transferring to Florida to flee the excessive tax fee.
“One of many WORST governors within the USA. Brought on 11,000 deaths in nursing properties alone resulting from his dangerous strikes and incompetence. A minimum of he mentioned I ‘did an outstanding job’. However he didn’t!!!” Trump mentioned on Twitter.
Cuomo additionally hit again at Trump for his proposal to chop off federal funds to “lawless” cities like New York that didn’t do sufficient to quell Black Lives Matter protests over racial injustice.
The governor mentioned the president had “higher have a military if he thinks he’s going to stroll down the road in New York. New Yorkers don’t need to have something to do with him.”
Trump has referred to as Whitmer the “failing Michigan governor” and urged that protesters – lots of whom had been armed – “liberate” Michigan after they descended on the state capitol in Might to rally in opposition to excessive coronavirus measures.
Whitmer has referred to as Trump’s response to the pandemic “reckless” and mentioned “the most important enemy of the state proper now’s the misinformation that’s popping out of the top of state. And the most important risk to the American individuals is the American president proper now.”
Spokespeople for the White Home and the White Home coronavirus job pressure didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Further reporting by Steven Nelson