Trump to Schumer: 'Stop Complaining' About Virus Response

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI  AFP via Getty Images

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI AFP via Getty Images

President Trump also slammed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for suggesting he bring in a czar to oversee the distribution of medical equipment during the pandemic. Here's an example of a query, posted to Twitter, with the user's name cropped out for privacy.

The president also said in the scorching letter, "I've known you for many years, but I never knew how bad a Senator you are for the state of NY, until I became President".

Schumer tweeted shortly before 9 a.m.: "President Trump needs to harness industry to quickly produce more medical supplies and equipment under the Defense Production Act NOW".

Schumer had earlier expressed concerns over medical supplies shortages in certain states while claiming that Trump should dismiss VP Mike Pence as Coronavirus Task Force chairman and "designate a senior military officer to fix this urgent problem".

"No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary", he wrote. "If they did, they would likely win".

Trump casts doubt on China's coronavirus figures
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, tweeted March 12: "It might be USA army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan". US President Donald Trump also told reporters on Wednesday that he did not believe the figures given by China.

Trump's letter was in response to a letter that Schumer sent him the same day. Schumer that the Defense Production Act (DPA) "has been consistently used" by him and his team but that companies have been fulfilling the administration's requests "without even a formal notice". The United States has a total of 258,611 cases, with 6,660 deaths.

Trump also alleged Schumer "chose to ignore" the appointment of Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, who is "in charge of purchasing" and "distributing" medical supplies. He accused Senator Schumer of being "missing in action. except when it comes to the 'press'". You know I say to the president just stop the pettiness. "Be a leader. Do your job". "Americans are dying and losing jobs".

On Friday, Pelosi said she understands that rivals such as McCarthy will continue to publicly attack her, saying a GOP group linked to the minority leader sent a political mail saying "we've got to stop Pelosi". "It is the cruelest irony that this nation is now dependent on China for many of these products", Governor Andrew Cuomo said at his daily press briefing on Thursday.

On MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes", Thursday evening, Schumer said that he was "appalled" upon receiving the letter.

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