Cuomo and Whitmer want Congress to investigate Trump’s COVID response
With more than 37,000 of the 200,000 COVID deaths in America coming from New York and Michigan, the state’s Democratic governors are asking Congress to launch an investigation into President Donald Trump and his administration’s handling of the coronavirus.
Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan say that the U.S. has the worst response to the COVID-19 virus of any nation in the world and that it is a direct result of President Trump’s political self-dealing and incompetence.
“NEW: @GovWhitmer and I are calling for Congressional investigations into the Trump admin’s politicization of pandemic response. We can’t allow the President & his advisors to ignore scientists & play politics with Americans’ lives. What did they know and when did they know it,” tweeted Cuomo.
Cuomo and Whitmer cited reports last week that the White House blocked a plan by the U.S. Postal Service to distribute masks nation-wide and the Trump administration’s insistence that asymptomatic people did not need to be tested for the virus.
“Congress must immediately conduct an oversight investigation into the Trump administration’s response to this pandemic, including the actions at HHS and the USPS the public learned about over the past week,” they said. “Rather than turning to the advice and direction of public health experts and career public servants, President Trump instead put the health and security of the American people in the hands of political appointees whose first priority was securing the reelection of their benefactor, with predictably tragic results.”
Both governors have also found themselves under a fair amount of public scrutiny for their state responses to the pandemic. The Department of Justice is currently investigating Michigan and New York specifically in relation to the running of nursing homes and early deaths of many elderly Americans due to extremely restrictive lockdown measures.
The DOJ cited New York’s March order that stated that nursing homes could not deny re-admission based on a resident testing positive to COVID-19
Cuomo and Whitmer both claim that the Justice Department has been politicized and dispute any claims they endangered their citizens.
“As a country, we cannot allow this type of politically motivated decision making to take root,” Cuomo and Whitmer said.
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