Monday March 16, 2020
Trump to Govs: ‘Get It Yourselves’
“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment—try getting it yourselves,” Mr. Trump told the governors during the conference call, a recording of which was shared with The New York Times.
“We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”
from the New York Times article “Trump tells governors to seek out respirators and other vital equipment on their own.” See also David Leonhardt's excellent piece, “A Complete List of Trump's Attempts to Play Down Coronavirus,” with its straightforward subhed, “He could have taken action. He didn't.”