One of the nurses President Trump housed at the National Nursing Day Oval Office told him that she had been wearing the same N95 mask “for a few weeks now,” as the president called the PPE crisis ” fake news “.
Sophia Thomas, president of the New Orleans-based American Association of Nurse Practitioners, said there were areas where the supply of PPE was “not ideal”.
“But this is an unprecedented period and the infection control measures we learned when we went to school – a robe, a mask for one patient a day or for a while – it’s a moment different, ”she explained.
President Trump, surrounded by nurses, said the country had a “huge supply” of medical equipment to fight the coronavirus, one nurse saying she saw no shortage and another saying she wore the same mask for weeks.
Sophia Thomas (right) told President Trump (left) in the oval office on Wednesday that she has been using the same N95 mask “for a few weeks now”
President Trump said he heard “the opposite” of what Sophia Turner called “sporadic but manageable” supplies of PPE – personal protective equipment
“I have been using my N95 mask for a few weeks,” she continued. “I just released a new one to come here in case I have to wear it.”
She described the provision of PPE – personal protective equipment – “sporadic but manageable”.
It was then that President Trump intervened.
“Sporadic for you, but not sporadic for many other people,” said Trump.
“Oh no, I agree, Mr. President,” replied Thomas.
“Because I heard the opposite,” said Trump. “I heard they were loaded with dresses now.”
The president continued to argue that he had “nothing” in terms of storing medical supplies.
“Because it was not put in place by the last administration,” he said.
He mentioned his trip to Phoenix on Tuesday to visit a Honeywell factory that made N95 masks.
President Trump was surrounded by workers wearing masks during Honeywell’s visit on Tuesday. He wore safety glasses, but no mask, during the tour
A sign in the plant part, President Trump visited the required masks, saying that “protective equipment is mandatory”
The Honeywall plant the President visited was converted to make N95 masks
“I’ve heard that we have a huge supply, in almost every location,” said Trump. “To the point where we are going to have some of our supplies shipped to other countries.”
Another nurse intervened to say that she did not care about alarmist reports in the news about supply shortages, as it increases anxiety for medical staff.
“In reality, I don’t see it, I’m in a hot zone right now, I’m in southern New Jersey, we’re very close to New York, I don’t see it,” she said. .
Trump also intervenes at this point.
“You know why, because this is fake news, that’s why,” he said. “I really appreciate you saying that. It’s so nice that you stepped up. Because this is fake news, “said Trump, recognizing reporters surrounding the Resolute Desk.
Trump himself has not yet put on a mask for public consumption.
During Tuesday’s Honeywell tour, he was spotted wearing safety glasses but no mask while visiting a mask factory.
Asked about his decision not to wear one on Wednesday, Trump said the chief of Honeywell said, “You don’t need it.”
“We were far from the people who made the masks. They made the masks.
“But I put on a mask and it was a Honeywell mask, actually,” he added. “I don’t know if you saw it or not, but I had it.
Trump said he hadn’t been wearing the mask for a long time, but that he “had it behind the scenes.”