In a teleconference สมัครสมาชิกใหม่with governors that lasted more
than an hour Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump
faced a barrage of compliments, concerns and in some
exchanges, criticism as state leaders made it clear they
want more assistance from the federal government to combat
the spread of COVID-19 in their communities.
According to detailed notes of the call obtained by ABC News,
Trump kicked off the meeting by telling governors the federal
government was managing สมัครแทงบอลออนไลน์ง่ายๆthe crisis at a "level that people find pretty impressive."
Every one of the more than a dozen governors who spoke during
the call offered some sort of praise or thanks to the president,
many sought assurances that the federal government would take a
more commanding role moving forward in marshaling the resources
and personnel they still need to combat novel coronavirus in
their states. The Republican governor from Maryland, and chair
of the Republican Governors Association, Larry Hogan said the
states have raised concerns บาคาร่าออนไลน์to him that they need more help,
adding that states who have requested federal assistance
through disaster declarations need to be approved faster.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has a contentious history with Trump,
said on the call that all 50 เว็บบาคาร่าออนไลน์states remain "desperate for supplies."
Inslee showed frustration with the federal government’s response,
which the president said was about backing up state-led efforts.
"The point I want to make is I don't want you to be the back-up
quarterback, we need you to be Tom Brady here," Inslee said as he
pleaded with the president by telling him he has "both the moral
and legal authority" to fix problems with the lack of personal
protective equipment and ventilators currently available to medical workers.
Trump replied to Inslee by laying blame at the feet of prior
administrations, who he said left him a "broken system" that
was "outdated" and assured the group the government will have
the capacity to test "millions" of Americans after the work done on the coronavirus.
Even those governors who were most complimentary, like Gov.
Jim Justice of West Virginia -- who began his remarks with "a
million thanks" to the president for his efforts -- said that
his state was "right on the edge of a complete catastrophe.”
Justice said there is a nursing home in the state that has seen a spike in coronavirus cases.
Justice again told the president the state was grateful,
but said the nursing home was understaffed and they don't have the supplies they need.
The president replied that the government was working on his
request for assistance, telling Justice that he didn't want
a similar situation like what happened in Washington state,
where an outbreak of COVID-19 in a life care center led to more
than two dozen deaths, to also happen in West Virginia.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser voiced her frustration
during the call about the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus
package approved by the Senate because she said the legislation
labels D.C. as a territory and not a state -- meaning it would
only receive $500 million in relief funds, rather than the $1.5 billion states would receive.
Bowser said the district was being "shortchanged" and asked
the president if the bill could be fixed before the House votes on Friday.
The president told Bowser that the issue was already being
discussed, and it would be added to this bill or the next bill.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he was already having
conversations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the issue.
"We are going to be adding something into the next bill and it will happen fairly quickly," Trump said.
When Bowser pressed him on whether it could happen by Friday,
Trump said he'd give it a shot, adding later, "We'll do it
one way or another Muriel, we'll get it done."
As the call went on, governors tallied off their recent
numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases and how they have continued
to rise. Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina said his state was
in a "mad scramble" for personal protective equipment.
Trump made clear to governors he still had his mind set on opening
the country as quickly as possible as jobless claims last week
rose to historic levels of nearly 3.3 million Americans.
"We should put you on an early opening list," Trump said of
the states who have not seen significant amounts of confirmed
cases as of Thursday's meeting. "We can't keep everybody closed --
this country closed -- it's ridiculous. A lot of these states have to get back to work."
The comment came in response to remarks from South Carolina's
Gov. Henry McMaster, who told the group the state was running
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