De Blasio: Trump ‘Will Not Lift a Finger to Help’ New Yorkers

De Blasio: Trump ‘Will Not Lift a Finger to Help’ New Yorkers

March 23, 2020

Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio accused President Trump of not lifting “a finger to help” New Yorkers with the coronavirus breakout.

“The truth is, and New Yorkers and all Americans deserve the truth, it’s only getting worse. April and May are going to be a lot worse. Right now, we are a third of the cases in the country. That’s going to get worse. We’re about two thirds or more of the cases in New York State. That’s going to get worse. But the president of the United States is from New York City, and he will not lift a finger to help his hometown… If the president doesn’t act, people will die who could have lived otherwise.”

De Blasio added, “[W]e cannot be gentle about this point right this minute. From this minute forward, our government, our federal government needs to be in this fight instead of on the sidelines. I’m not worried about blame. I’m worried about saving lives right this minute, and I don’t see the federal government at this moment.”

He’s worried about blame, all right. He doesn’t want to be blamed for failing to prepare NYC for a medical crisis.

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