Trump has ordered FEMA to steal medical supplies from state’s hospitals needed to save victims of the coronavirus. This act of pure fascism is another reason Trump should be impeached for a second time.
States and hospital officials are concealing shipments of supplies from the federal government in order to avoid detection. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, recently secretly bought millions of masks and gloves from China. He kept the details under wraps, “because we’ve heard reports of Trump trying to take PPE in China and when it gets to the United States,” a source familiar with the situation told the Chicago Sun-Times.
The reason why Trump is stealing much needed medical equipment from states has not been defined. However, this is tantamount to actions by organized crime in 1920’s America.
“The governor has clearly outlined the challenges this administration has faced as we’ve worked around the clock to purchase PPE for our health-care workers and first responders,” a spokesperson for Pritzker told the outlet. “The supply chain has been likened to the Wild West, and once you have purchased supplies, ensuring they get to the state is another Herculean feat.”
For many healthcare organizations our federal government has become an obstacle, an enemy in the fight against this pandemic. Trump is intentionally murdering American citizens. Not only did Trump fail to take timely action to thwart the virus, now he is stockpiling medical equipment for the federal government leaving states in desperate need of supplies they were forced to purchase on their own.
Dr. Andrew Artenstein, the chief physician executive at Baystate Health in Massachusetts, revealed in a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine that he was questioned by the FBI after the hospital staff worked “around the clock” to secure a shipment of PPE.
“Deals, some bizarre and convoluted, and many involving large sums of money, have dissolved at the last minute when we were outbid or outmuscled, sometimes by the federal government. Then we got lucky, but getting the supplies wasn’t easy,” he wrote, detailing the measures his supply chain team took to get the equipment.
“Two semi-trailer trucks, cleverly marked as food-service vehicles, met us at the warehouse. When fully loaded, the trucks would take two distinct routes back to Massachusetts to minimize the chances that their contents would be detained or redirected,” he recalled. “Before we could send the funds by wire transfer, two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrived, showed their badges, and started questioning me. No, this shipment was not headed for resale or the black market. The agents checked my credentials, and I tried to convince them that the shipment
of PPE was bound for hospitals. After receiving my assurances and hearing about our health system’s urgent needs, the agents let the boxes of equipment be released and loaded into the trucks. But I was soon shocked to learn that the Department of Homeland Security was still considering redirecting our PPE. Only some quick calls leading to intervention by our congressional representative prevented its seizure.”
What the hell is the Trump administration doing? This crisis is not a game or a political gambit. This is life and death and Trump is placing his personal ambitions ahead of American lives.
This buffoon; this ‘criminal-in-chief:’ must be exiled from our nation’s capital for life. He is a traitor to the American people.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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