“There is a governor, I hear him complaining all the time, Pritzker. He’s still complaining, “said Trump at a press briefing on Sunday from the White House Coronavirus task force. “I just said,” Give me a list of some of the things we did in Illinois. “We are building a 2,500-bed hospital at McCormick Place, a large convention center in Chicago. We are helping to endow him and will probably end up endowing him because he is not able to do what he is supposed to be able to do like the governor. “
“He did not perform well,” added the president.
Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.
Trump’s criticism of Pritzker came hours after the Illinois governor called the president on CNN. State of the Union for suggesting that states should have prepared their own stocks of medical equipment.
“The president does not understand the word” federal “. Federal Emergency Management Agency. We have a state emergency management agency, but if he was right, why would we need a federal emergency management agency? Said Pritzker. “It is because states cannot do what the federal government can do. “
Trump said some states in the US White House COVID-19 press conference were “completely unprepared” for the coronavirus pandemic. “We have a federal stock, and they have state stocks, and frankly they were, a lot of states, they were absolutely not prepared for that,” said the president. “So we had to go into federal inventory, but we are not a standing order clerk. They must have it for themselves. “
In response, Pritzker told CNN that individual states did not have the power to invoke the Defense Production Act which would have allowed them to prepare for such a pandemic – but noted that the Trump administration had done so.
“There is no way we can store for a pandemic that no one has anticipated, yet the federal government is responsible for doing just that,” said the governor of Illinois. “And we now know that the sources of intelligence and all of the best advice that was given was given in January and early February to the President and the White House, and they did not appear to have acted at all. “
Prizker also said that if the Trump administration and the federal government had invoked legislation to build fans in advance, then “we would have the same problems we have today, and frankly, far fewer people would die” .