- President Donald Trump suggested that the federal government would help the governors who are fighting the Corona virus outbreak if they "treat us well".
- "It's a one-way street," Trump said after talks with governors about providing federal aid.
- State and local officials have called Trump and the federal government over the delay in supplying critical supplies such as masks and respirators, as hospitals have difficulty treating patients with the virus.
- Ventilators are key to treating respiratory disease like COVID-19, but experts have warned that America will face a lack of critical care in the coming months.
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President Donald Trump appeared on Tuesday to condition that states fighting the Corona virus outbreak receive federal aid if they "treat us well".
Trump spoke about critical support, such as building new hospitals and delivering respiratory equipment, to states affected by the spread of the virus during a Fox News City Hall on Tuesday.
"It's a one-way street," Trump said after talks with governors about providing federal aid.
"You have to treat us well too, you can't say & # 39; Oh man, we should get this, we should get that & # 39;" he said. "We are doing a great job."
Trump said New York was an example of how the federal government had provided resources to help states work on coronaviruses.
"We are literally building hospitals and medical centers," he said. "And then I hear there is a ventilator problem – well, we sent them ventilators and they could have had 15 or 16,000. They only had to order them two years ago. But they decided not to. "
"You can't blame us for that," he added.
Several state and local leaders have criticized Trump's slow response to the allocation of national resources to state governments. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that he has repeatedly asked Trump for federal help as coronavirus cases continue to increase in the city.
"The President of the United States is from New York City and he won't lift a finger to help his hometown," said de Blasio. "And I don't understand it. I don't understand it."
"I can't be dull enough. If the president doesn't act, people who otherwise could have died will die," he added.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker called on the federal government for the lack of state masks and ventilators.
"This should have been a coordinated effort by the federal government" Pritzker told CNN's "State of the Union"" On Sunday.
Trump replied to Pritzker's comments Twitterand said that governors should not blame the federal government "for their own shortcomings."
"We are here to support you if you fail, and always will be!" he wrote.
Trump said on Tuesday Fox News that the state governments had to procure the necessary medical care themselves.
"We're there to help them. You have to get the equipment yourself," Trump said.
As of March 24, more than 54,000 coronavirus cases were reported in all 50 states and in Washington, DC. Over 720 people have died in the United States.
Ventilators are the key to treating respiratory disease like COVID-19. However, experts have warned that America will face a lack of critical supplies in the coming months as the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow.
ON February report The Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins found that there were approximately 170,000 ventilators in the United States, with 160,000 ventilators ready for use in hospitals and approximately 8,900 held in a national reserve.
An expert estimated that about 1 million Americans may need respiratory therapy during the coronavirus outbreak, which will drain the country's resources, even if all of these cases do not overlap. The lack of other medical devices such as masks has already started hitting US hospitals.
Some states have asked private companies and individuals to help provide medical care where possible. California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a press conference Monday that Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, delivered 1,000 ventilators to help California hospitals treat patients.