Schumer Slams Trump's 'Petty, Unserious' Response To His Letter On Supply Shortage

President Trump: States complaining about medical supplies should have been prepared before outbreak hit

Earlier on Thursday Schumer had sent a letter to the president accusing him of absent leadership that has led to an "ugly spectacle" of states vying for medical supplies on the free market.

And this is what he has done in a letter to the senator in New York, Charles Schumer.

"America can not rely on a patchwork of uncoordinated voluntary efforts to combat the very bad magnitude of this pandemic", Schumer wrote. "It is long past the time for your Administration to designate a senior military officer to fix this urgent problem".

Trump, in the letter, pointed out that Rear Adm. John Polowczyk is in charge of the distribution of medical supplies. "Cuomo working hard!" Trump wrote.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the details of the phone call between Trump and Schumer.

Trump persevered, "For those who spent much less time to your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on ceaselessly and ended up going nowhere (except for expanding my ballot numbers), and as a substitute excited about serving to the folks of NY, then New York shouldn't have been so totally unprepared for the 'invisible enemy".

"I've known you for many years, but I never knew how bad a Senator you are for the state of NY, until I became President", Trump added.

President Trump has said states need to stop complaining about not having enough supplies sent from the federal government.

On MSNBC Thursday night, Schumer told All In host Chris Hayes that he had explained the concerns expressed in his letter to the president during a conversation.

"And it's a mystery to me why the president doesn't invoke this", Schumer continued. You know I say to the president, just stop the pettiness. We need to get the job done. Stop the pettiness. Let get it done. "Let's roll up our sleeves", Schumer said. "NY would not have been so completely unprepared" to deal with the outbreak - which has infected more than 92,000 and killed over 2,300 in the state - Trump continued. "It is the cruelest irony that this nation is now dependent on China for many of these products", Governor Andrew Cuomo said at his daily press briefing on Thursday.

Pelosi described comments from Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who told The Washington Post on Wednesday that she should "stand down" on passing a relief bill in the House, as just part of "playing to their base" of conservative activists while behind the scenes negotiations moved along among the key players.

"You have been missing in action", Trump contrasted. "And now all of a sudden they're saying, 'Can we order 30,000 ventilators?'"



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