President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea asking for aid, while denying any coronavirus cases: report Iranian official maintains Tehran has ‘no knowledge’ of American hostage’s whereabouts Unemployment claims surge to 3.2 million as coronavirus devastates economy MORE on Thursday questioned whether New York will actually need the tens of thousands of ventilators the state’s leaders have said will be required to handle the expected number of coronavirus cases there.
The president phoned into Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityCuomo steps into national spotlight with coronavirus fight Hannity offers to help Cuomo in coronavirus response with radio, television shows Conservative group hits Trump for coronavirus response in new ad MORE‘s show on Fox News, where he swiped at the governors of Michigan and Washington state and cast doubt on the need for mass ventilator production to meet the demand of certain states.
“I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be,” Trump said on Sean Hannity’s program, “Hannity” on Fox News.
“I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You know, you go into major hospitals, sometimes they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘can we order 30,000 ventilators?'”
“Look, it’s a bad situation,” he added. “We haven’t seen anything like it. But the end result is we have to get back to work and I think we can start by opening up certain parts of the country.”
The president compared purchasing a ventilator to purchasing a car, calling it “very expensive” and “very intricate.”
“And you know they’d say, like Gov. Cuomo and others, they’d say we want 30,000 of them. Thirty thousand?” Trump said. “Think of this, you know you go to hospitals that have one in a hospital and now all of a sudden everyone’s asking for these vast numbers.”
The comments come as governors across the country are pleading with the federal government to provide critical medical supplies to meet the increasing need that as coronavirus cases continue to climb.