Asked by Erin Burnett of CNN, if he gave President Donald Trump credit for his willingness to make such a heavy investment, Schumer replied, “I must say that to see is to believe. “
“We once asked him for this amount, President (Nancy) Pelosi and I at the White House, and he sort of stood up and left. So let’s wait and see. Our immediate problem is to deal with the health care crisis, “The New York Democrat added.
“The infrastructure is good – I totally agree, that’s when we are trying to heal the economy,” said Schumer. “But until we end this crisis, the economy will go from bad to worse and worse and worse because people will not be at work, people will be trapped in their homes. “
Schumer called it “a dramatic shortage of all the supplies needed” for those battling the virus “one of the biggest problems we face”, lamenting that “we have no one really in charge – we have this show horrible of governors making offers against each other. ”
As hospitals move away from the growing number of coronavirus cases, Schumer’s comments highlight two key elements of the ongoing federal response – state governors face varying degrees of resistance in their requests for equipment protection needed by the federal government and the legislators of Capitol Hill and The Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, is preparing a fourth spending program for coronaviruses.
Schumer also disparaged Trump’s choice of Peter Navarro as the federal government’s national policy coordinator for the Defense Production Act, which gives the government more control during emergencies to direct industrial production. Trump invoked the law last week to force General Motors to produce more ventilators to increase hospitalizations for coronavirus.
Navarro “is not up to par,” said Schumer. “He’s a very nice man, but he has no experience with that sort of thing, and there’s nobody I can say better in charge of distribution. “
Schumer called on the administration to select “a person, a soldier, a general who knows how to manage logistics and order control, who knows command and control.”
This person should be “responsible for both producing and distributing all types of equipment needed and getting it to where it is needed and needed,” said Schumer, recommending to General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, could select a strong candidate for the position.
CNN Priscilla Alvarez, Lauren Fox and Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.