Published On: Fri, Mar 27th, 2020

As Coronavirus Pandemic Ravages United States, Donald Trump Questions Need For Ventilators

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House.

As the coronavirus continues to ravage the United States, infecting thousands and threatening to cause a major economic crisis, President Donald Trump appears to be alternating between acknowledging and downplaying the reality of the situation. In an interview with Fox News broadcast on Thursday, the president questioned the need for more ventilators.

Per The Hill, speaking with Sean Hannity, Trump took a swipe at governors of Michigan, New York and Washington, casting doubt on their claims that hospitals are in dire need of more ventilators — lifesaving machines used to treat those exhibiting severe symptoms and experiencing difficulty breathing.

“I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators,” Trump said. “You know, you go into major hospitals, sometimes they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘can we order 30,000 ventilators?” he asked Hannity, before comparing purchasing a ventilator to purchasing a car.

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As Coronavirus Pandemic Ravages United States, Donald Trump Questions Need For Ventilators