de Blasio: US Military Should Aid Coronavirus Crisis, Not Keep Building the Border Wall

de Blasio: US Military Should Aid Coronavirus Crisis, Not Keep Building the Border Wall


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Janet Ybarra
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Donald Trump should have the US military intervene on behalf of helping alleviate the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and COVID-19 pandemic, not still stuck at the southern border building a wall, according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).

There have been more than 240,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with more than 140,000 cases still active. The virus has killed more than 10,000.

In the United States, there have been 10,442 reported cases, with 150 deaths, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Savannah, I spent a few weeks trying to reassure New Yorkers, because we did have a lot of capacity, we do have a lot of capacity, but at this point, with the trajectory of the disease, we have to be honest,” de Blasio said in an interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.

“If there’s not a profound federal intervention quickly to ensure that we have more ventilators, we have more surgical masks, all the basic supplies, if the federal government does not get involved quickly and specifically the United States military — I spoke to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff yesterday, the military has an extraordinary medical capacity, it’s needed in places like New York right now,” the mayor added. “But it’s quite clear that the administration in Washington has not mobilized the American military. There are American military officers right now still building a wall at the southern border when all they should be doing domestically is addressing Coronavirus.

“We need their medical resources, their logistical know-how, we need them to help ensure that food and medicine moves around this country and our supply chain is not disrupted. Right now we are in the midst of a crisis we have not seen for generations, Savannah, and yet the American military is being sidelined when they should be given the chance to get in this game and help us all,” he added.

Trump has been diverting military funds since last year under authority of a “state of emergency” he declared, in order to build the wall along the southern border which he has long craved–and once promised Mexico would pay for.

de Blasio, separately, also criticized Trump for not doing enough, calling him “the Herbert Hoover of [his] generation,” referring to US president criticized for not doing enough in the face of the Great Depression nearly a century ago.

“You are not using the tools of your office. This is one of the greatest emergencies our nation has faced in generations. Every tool must be brought to bear,” de Blasio said, as if speaking to Trump.

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    James Moyer April 17, 2020

    AMEN!AMEN! I have only visited New York City a few times. I have no opinion at all, for or against, their current Mayor. However, as a second-generation Marine from Philadelphia, during this crisis our country needs teamwork and there are no better sources of teamwork that I know of than: 1. The military 2. People from big cities like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and many other large cities.