Two Democratic governors are calling on Congress to investigate the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, which they say has been politicized and has hampered the US response.
Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, both criticized for their own responses to the crisis, say the United States has “the worst response to the COVID-19 virus of any nation in the world” and that it is “The direct result of President Trump’s deception and the federal government’s deception, its political affairs and its incompetence.”
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“Rather than turning to the advice and direction of public health experts and career officials, President Trump instead put the health and safety of the American people in the hands of political appointees whose top priority was to guarantee the re-election of their benefactor, with foreseeable tragedy. results, ”they said in a statement.
The United States killed about 200,000 people this week. Over 30,000 of them are from New York and over 7,000 from Michigan.
Governors specifically point to reports last week that the White House blocked a plan in April to have the Postal Service distribute masks to all households across the country, and that health and social services canceled scientists of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and issued what governors call “indefensible” guidelines that asymptomatic people do not have to get tested.
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“Congress must immediately conduct a surveillance investigation into the Trump administration’s response to this pandemic, including actions at the HHS and USPS of which the public has been made aware over the past week,” Cuomo said and Whitmer.
But these governors themselves have faced challenges and criticism over their response to the virus, on issues such as lockdowns and the management of nursing homes at the start of the crisis.
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last month that it was requesting data from the governors of a number of states – including Michigan and New York – who have implemented coronavirus policies that could resulting in the death of elderly people in retirement homes.
The DOJ specifically cited New York’s March 25 ordinance: “No resident shall be refused readmission or admission. [a nursing home] only on the basis of a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. [Nursing homes] do not have the right to require a hospitalized resident found to be medically stable to pass a test for COVID-19 before admission or readmission. ”
Cuomo and Whitmer released a joint response, calling the Justice Department politicized.
Morgan Phillips of Fox News contributed to this report.