Cuomo then: I need 30,000 ventilators... Cuomo now: anyone need ventilators?
What a difference two weeks makes.
Way back in in those bad old days two weeks ago when President Donald J. Trump (R) was the Prince of Evil because Wuhan, China Coronovirus-19 existed due to something he did or did not do, Democratic party presidential savior and female wet dream, New York State Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo demanded 40,000 ventilators, because scientists told him they were necessary to save lives. But evil Trump scoffed, declaring that many weren't necessary.
Cuomo defended the state’s request for 30,000 more ventilators to save coronavirus patients, a day after President Trump downplayed the need.
“All the predictions say you could have an apex needing 140,000 beds and about 40,000 ventilators,” Cuomo said at a press briefing Friday at Manhattan’s Javits Center. The state’s predictions come from Weill Cornell Medicine, the CDC, and the consulting firm McKinsey and Company.
Cuomo, without mentioning Trump by name, added, “I don’t have a crystal ball. Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t operate here on opinion. I operate on facts and on data and on numbers and on projections.”
Indeed, the situation was so desperate that Cuomo threatened to use the National Guard to take ventilators and protective equipment from hospitals and other health care facilities in upstate New York where they're not in use to deploy the lifesaving equipment in the New York City area.
"I'm not going to be in a position where people are dying and we have several hundred ventilators in our own state, somewhere else," Cuomo said on Friday during his daily briefing. “I apologize for the hardship to those institutions -- ultimately there is no hardship, if you don't get the ventilator back, I give you my personal word I will pay you for the ventilator -- but I’m not going to let people die because we didn’t redeploy these ventilators."
Slo-o-ow forward two weeks to the modern, present-day, enlightened era where New York State Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo -- yes, still in office after all this time despite not seizing those upstate ventilators--is now graciously sending excessive, not needed ventilators to other states.
This news comes on the same day that Cuomo issued an executive order, directing all New Yorkers to wear masks in public if they are unable to practice social distancing.
BTW, the ventilators are unused. Because Trump was right. And Biden will probably be the Democratic presidential nominee. But New York women still love their governor.