Albany, NY – Early Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference detailing his “issues” of President Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis and provided updates to the citizens of his state. In his 1-hour remark session, Gov. Cuomo stated it was essential to give a sense that someone is in charge, even if the news is terrible — and consistently getting worse.
The New York governor did not hide his continued disdain for the President – citing the miscommunication and breakdown of resources between the federal and state governments. Cuomo called on the federal government to nationalize the medical supply chain to order companies to make certain pharmaceutical supplies, including ventilators, as the country continues to respond to and attempt to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
Governor Cuomo called out Trump’s lack of immediate response and urged POTUS to invoke the Defense Production Act to force companies to make badly needed gowns, masks, and gloves, rather than rely on volunteers, Cuomo said. “Let the federal government take the function of medical supply production and distribution,” Cuomo said. “Just take it.” At his daily coronavirus briefing, Cuomo also offered the latest testing and positive numbers as of Sunday morning.
President Harry Truman signed the Defense Production Act of 1950 amid concerns about supplies and equipment during the Korean War. It’s been invoked multiple times since then to help the federal government for a range of emergencies, including war, hurricanes, and terrorism prevention. Trump, referring to himself as a “wartime president,” said he would use the law’s powers “in case we need it” as the country braces for an expected surge in the number of coronavirus cases and a strain on resources. The Act gives the federal government broad authority to direct private companies to meet the needs of the national defense.
The media, and Americans across the nation, find themselves in an utter state of fear. The CDC and WHO warns that the United States, like Italy, is in danger of depleting both medical personnel and resources. In response to this fear, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to set up four emergency hospitals inside Manhattan’s Javits Center to help combat the coronavirus, as the number of state cases blew past 15,000, with nearly 10,000 in the five boroughs.
The media and countless state governors are urging President Trump to take a more “military mindset” against COVID-19. For many, they are calling for the use of the National Guard to maintain order and curfews, while allowing for a more federal response to the need for medical care and quarantining efforts.
Throughout our history, during times of crisis, our nation has solidified behind nationalistic efforts. During World War II, many of our nation’s companies, including Ford, refrained from the standard manufacturing of cars and trucks for more wartime products such as tanks and munitions. During this crisis, should our federal government demand more from the private industry? Furthermore, does the federal government have the right to infringe on freedom and liberty, violate our protections of personal property, for the sake and safety of our nation and its citizens?
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