President Trump also pointed out that. the majority of federal resources have gone to New York and surrounding areas.
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on President Trump to appoint a senior military official to oversee the production and distribution of medical equipment, saying that the man Trump appointed and the Coronavirus Task Force were “not up to the job.” President Trump responded Thursday morning by saying he’s already done that and unloading on the Democratic leader for complaining now while failing to “push harder” for needed equipment earlier.
While Schumer said he believes Peter Navarro — the man who is serving as coordinator of the Defense Production Act, which allows the federal government to order industries to produce needed goods in extreme emergencies — is a “very nice man,” he does not believe he is equipped to handle the crisis. “I talked to [Navarro],” said Schumer. “He is not up to the job. He is a very nice man, but he has no experience doing things like this.” As far as he can tell, Schumer said, “no one” is in charge of the distribution of medical supplies.
The solution, he suggested, is to appoint a high-ranking military person to take over the job. “They need one person, a military person, a general who knows how to deal with logistics and quartermastering, who knows command and control,” he said. “You need to place that person, the czar, in charge of both production and distribution of all of these kinds of needed equipment and get it to the places that are needed.”
“Somebody please explain to Cryin’ Chuck Schumer that we do have a military man in charge of distributing goods, a very talented Admiral, in fact,” said Trump, in reference to Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, whom Trump recently tasked with overseeing America’s coronavirus supply chain.