CNN’s Tapper Confronts de Blasio: Wasn’t Your Initial Coronavirus Response ‘Far Far Behind the Curve’?

CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on whether his delayed response to the spread of the coronavirus impacted the severity of the crisis the city is now facing.

As de Blasio talked about the ongoing coronavirus response, Tapper brought up comments the mayor made in the past few months, including earlier this month, in which de Blasio said “New Yorkers should go about their lives” as normal despite the coronavirus.

“The last clip was from March 13th, just about two weeks ago,” Tapper said. “In retrospect, is that message, at least in part, to blame for how rapidly the virus has spread across the city?”

The mayor started by saying, “Jake, we should not be focusing, in my view, on anything looking back on any level of government right now. This is just about how we save lives going forward. We all were working — everybody was working with the information we had and trying of course to avoid panic. And at that point, for all of us, trying to keep — not only protect lives but keep the economy and the livelihoods together, keep ensuring people had money to pay for food and medicine. This was a very different world just a short time ago.”

Tapper noted how critical de Blasio has been of the president’s response being behind the curve before asking, “I mean, Mr. Mayor, weren’t your actions in this outbreak also far, far behind the curve?”

De Blasio pointed to what he has been saying about the need for more testing, but added, “There’s no time to go back over that. There’s only time to focus on getting through the next week and the week after that. You could ask all the questions you want. They’re fair. But I think the time to deal with these questions is after this war is over, because literally here in New York City, it feels like a wartime environment.”

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Fauci Insists Federal Coronavirus Aid Won’t Depend on ‘Appreciative’ Governors: People ‘Will Get What They Need’

Dr. Anthony Fauci contradicted Donald Trump on Sunday by saying federal aid to states dealing with the coronavirus should not be contingent on whether their governors are submissive enough to the president.

During his extended interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Fauci said he believes Andrew Cuomo when the New York governor says his state needs 30,000 more ventilators to handle the ongoing crisis.

“One way or the other, he needs the ventilators that he needs, and hopefully we will get him the ventilators that he needs,” said Fauci. “They may be closer to him than is realized. But if they’re not, we’ll get them there and if they are, we’ll try to help him get access to the ones that are there.”

In recent days, Trump trashed Cuomo’s requests for greater federal intervention, plus he stormed at other state officials for their criticisms of his administration’s COVID 19 response. Tapper ran this by Fauci, asking “can you assure the American people that whether or not they get the help they need from the federal government, it does not depend on whether their governors are appreciative enough of the federal help or flattering enough of the Trump administration?”

“I think the reality, not the rhetic, but the reality is that the people who need things will get what they need,” Fauci answered. “There’s a reality and a rhetoric. I think that — I mean, I know the spirit of the task force and when we talk about when people need things, doesn’t matter who they are, we try to get them what they need.

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