- President Donald Trump, in an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, said he had "a lot of things going on" that prevented his administration from restocking the national stockpile of medical and safety equipment during his three years in the White House.
- Trump was asked about his previous comments about "empty cupboards" of medical equipment he says he inherited from his predecessor and what he did to rectify that deficiency during his three years as president.
- "Well, I'll be honest. I have a lot of things going on," Trump said. "We have a lot of people that refused to allow the country to be successful."
- "Then they did Ukraine, Ukraine — and that was a total hoax," Trump added, referring to his impeachment. "Then they impeached the president of the United States for absolutely no reason."
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President Donald Trump in an interview with ABC News on Tuesday said he had "a lot of things going on" that prevented his administration from restocking the national stockpile of medical equipment during his three years in the White House.
2020欧洲杯小组赛In the interview, the ABC News anchor David Muir referred back to Trump's comments in April, in which the president accused the Obama administration of giving "us empty cupboards," saying it prevented him from effectively combatting the novel coronavirus in the US.
2020欧洲杯小组赛"We started off with a broken system," Trump previously said. "We inherited a broken, terrible system. And I always say it, our cupboards were bare. We had very little in our stockpile."
The Strategic National Stockpile, which manages the US's reserves of medical equipment for use in a crisis, does not publicly disclose its inventory. But has reported that both President Barack Obama and Trump ignored warnings that the US could be unprepared for a pandemic.
Trump's top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, told US officials in a memo in late January that the looming health crisis could pose an economic emergency, according to . He also called for increased funding for personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.
Speaking with the president after his tour of a mask-making plant in Arizona on Tuesday afternoon, Muir referred to Trump's reelection credentials and asked the president what he did to address any shortages inherited from the previous administration years ago.
"Well, I'll be honest. I have a lot of things going on," Trump said. "We have a lot of people that refused to allow the country to be successful."
"They wasted a lot of time on Russia, Russia, Russia — that turned out to be a total hoax," Trump added, referring to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
The special counsel's office said in its findings that it did not find evidence members that Trump's presidential campaign "conspired or coordinated with the Russian government."
It did, however, find that Russia embarked on a campaign to interfere in the election. The special counsel Robert Mueller also said in the report that while his office was "unable" to charge Trump with a crime because of federal guidelines protecting the president, it did not mean the president was exonerated of obstruction of justice over his efforts to quash the investigation.
"Then they did Ukraine, Ukraine — and that was a total hoax," Trump added, referring to his impeachment. "Then they impeached the president of the United States for absolutely no reason."
Trump was impeached on two counts in the House of Representatives over his efforts to get political help from Ukraine.
He was acquitted of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power during his February trial, which resulted in a partisan vote. Only one Republican, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, voted to convict Trump of obstruction of Congress.
As of Tuesday, there were more than 1,180,200 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US and nearly 70,000 related deaths.
2020欧洲杯小组赛Democratic Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey, a member of a recent bipartisan congressional committee overseeing the nation's coronavirus efforts, told Insider that Trump "has a chance to get this right, right now."
"That means massively scaling our testing capabilities, ensuring those who need PPE have access to it and supporting our state and local governments," Kim said. "America needs a federal government dedicated to learning from the past, addressing the present, and preparing for the future."
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