CNN Host Shuts Down Trump Official Who Tried to Blame 'the Biden Obama Administration' for Ventilator Shortage

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As the current global health crisis continues to worsen in the United States, a shortage of crucial ventilators to help treat the respiratory virus is growing more and more threatening.

President Donald Trump's administration has largely left states on their own in terms of obtaining them. Without the federal government to oversee their distribution, bidding wars have broken out between states. Trump has also expressed reluctance to invoke the Defense Production Act, which would allow him to mobilize private companies to begin manufacturing them.


When asked how the Trump administration intends to counteract this shortage, Trump's director of trade and manufacturing—Peter Navarro—blamed the Obama administration.

Watch below.

Navarro said to CNN's Brianna Keilar:

"Let me bring you up on the history here of what we inherited. In '09 when the Biden, Obama administration had the H1N1 flu crisis..."

Keilar interrupted in an attempt to get the conversation back on track:

"Peter, why are you wasting your time on this and not solving the problem that you have? Peter, why are you even talking about this?...I'm asking you if you're going to be able to get to a million ventilators."

Navarro didn't give a straightforward answer the question.

He later attempted to blame China for the "bad hand" it supposedly dealt the U.S., at which point, Keilar ended the interview, describing it as a "waste of time."

People admired Keilar for cutting him off as he introduced irrelevancies.




Navarro, on the other hand, was heavily criticized for his attempts at evasion.



New reporting shows that President Donald Trump's administration prepared a 69 page playbook for pandemic preparedness, along with presentations during the transition.

Doesn't look like those were put to much use.

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As more information becomes available regarding the virus that's caused a public health crisis in the United States, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged Americans in hard-hit areas to begin wearing cloth masks to cover their faces.

Unlike medical professionals, who need N95 masks (of which there is a shortage) when treating virus patients, average Americans can wear makeshift cloth masks that block the saliva droplets through which the virus is spread.

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Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.

If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.





It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.



The death toll in the United States from the virus recently surpassed 6000.

Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.

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In the face of the global pandemic that's killed over 5000 Americans, President Donald Trump is still expressing reluctance to employ federal powers to assist states hardest hit by the virus.

Among the most urgent of obstacles some governors are facing is a shortage of crucial medical equipment—including ventilators—often needed to treat the highly contagious respiratory virus.

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The respiratory virus that's ballooned into a global pandemic and brought daily life in the United States to a halt has carried another chilling side effect with it.

Because the virus originated in Wuhan, China, anti-Chinese hysteria has sprouted up across the country. These racist flames have only been stoked by President Donald Trump, whose insistence on calling it "Chinese virus" corresponded with an uptick in hate crimes and harassment of Asian Americans across the across the United States, regardless of their country of origin or ancestry.

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Even in the face of a national health crisis that threatens hundreds of thousands of American lives, President Donald Trump has consistently signaled that he's incapable of rising to the urgency of the moment, choosing instead to pick fights with governors over Twitter and to brag about the ratings of his press briefings.

That string of behavior continued with a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), which read more like one of the President's Twitter screeds than a letter from the President of the United States.

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The internet is flooded with messages of support for Navy Captain Brett Crozier, who commands the 5000 person crew of the Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that was recently forced to dock in Guam.

Crozier sent a letter to the Navy this week begging for additional supplies and resources to aid the 93 people on the Roosevelt who tested positive for the virus that's become a global pandemic, as well as facilities for the additional 1000 people who need to be quarantined.

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