President Donald Trump told a group of governors on Monday that they should get vital equipment to treat coronavirus patients on their own.
“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment – try getting it yourselves,” Trump told the governors during a phone call, The New York Times reported. “We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Points of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”
The Times reported that Trump’s directive took some of the governors by surprise given that states are already working overtime to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus and are hoping for more federal aid.
Hospitals across the country are overwhelmed as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket.
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