On Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence was asked about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s (D) criticisms of the Trump administration’s CV-19 response by blaming a number of the deaths in New York on Cuomo’s policies and he also pointed to Cuomo’s past praise of President Trump’s CV-19 response.
The vice president was right. Cuomo previously thanked and praised Trump for all that he did for New York throughout the crisis. Everybody understood that. But then the gaslighting began, and Democrats were given the order, probably from DC, to trash the president’s response to the pandemic.
Pence said, “Well, our hearts grieve for the fact that one in five of all the American lives that have been lost in the CV-19 pandemic were lost in the state of New York and some of that was because of poor decisions by the state and by Gov. Cuomo. But look, I liked it better when he said that President Trump’s leadership in the pandemic was, in his words, phenomenal. He said that repeatedly as we surged testing, as we surged PPE, as we sailed in a hospital ship, as we built hospitals in New York. I couldn’t be more proud of the support that we rendered to the people of New York. … Gov. Cuomo has been on again off again. He’s complimented the administration’s response and then he pivots to criticism, I think people see through that. It’s just politics.”
It’s especially heinous for Cuomo to take aim at the president, because it is a matter of record that the Trump administration gave New York everything they needed to combat the Chinese virus, and in the end, they did not use much of what was provided. Trump built four hospitals for NYC and sent the USS Comfort hospital ship, all so that New York hospitals wouldn’t be overrun with CV-19 patients. NY did not use up all the beds provided by the Trump administration’s efforts.
Trump sent ventilators and masks, along with many other needed things Cuomo should have had stored on hand, but failed to prepare adequately.
An incredible lie told by Democrats is that Trump doesn’t follow the science. At the beginning, the president was following the advice of scientists and career civil servants, who initially said the risk was low.
On January 21, Dr. Anthony Fauci made a statement saying that while we should “take it seriously,” the virus was “not a major threat to the people of the United States, and this isn’t one thing that the residents of america proper now ought to be fearful about.”
I yield to no one in admiration of Dr. Fauci. But this comment from January 21 should be kept in mind by those accusing anyone in the U.S. of failing to act in time against Covid 19. Watch it all the way through: pic.twitter.com/wCBHT1wfdr
— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 3, 2020
At one point, Fauci said in a press conference that the president followed every recommendation he and the other doctors, medical experts and scientists made, so where Democrats come off saying Trump failed in his response is political.
In fact, Governor Cuomo made things far worse for New Yorkers with really bad decisions made by him and his administration. Some might think he did it on purpose because Orange Man Bad. I mean, why else would he have cut New York City transportation in half without cutting the amount of riders? He cut the number of trains and buses, which is how most New Yorkers get to work every day, especially in Manhattan, and the same amount of people continued to go to work, and were packed into trains and buses like sardines, which was the exact opposite of social distancing.
Cuomo also infamously ordered nursing homes to take CV-19-infected patients in, violating CDC guidelines in the process, and caused the needless death of thousands of elderly patients. He then had the gall to blame the Trump administration with lies that Cuomo’s administration was only following the CDC guidelines.
We reported that Seema Verma, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, said that New York’s Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo and other Democrat governors originally issued guidance that contradicted federal guidelines for nursing homes battling the pandemic virus.
“I just want to make it very clear that our guidance was absolutely crystal clear,” Verma said in an interview late last week. “It was clear and unmistakable. Any insinuation to the contrary is woefully mistaken at best and dishonest at worst. We put out our guidance on March 13. It’s very clear when it says that, I’m actually going to read this to you, it says that: ‘When should a nursing home accept a resident who is diagnosed with (Disease That Must Not Be Named)?’ It says: ‘A nursing home can accept a resident diagnosed with (Disease That Must Not Be Named) and still under transmission-based precautions,’ which means if this person is infectious you have to take precautions. It says ‘as long as the facility can follow CDC guidance for transmission-based precautions.’ It says: ‘If a nursing home cannot, it must wait until these precautions are discontinued,’ meaning if you are not able to care for this patient—somebody is still positive and you’re not equipped to care for the patient, then you shouldn’t accept the patient into your care. That’s really important because longstanding discharge—when you’re discharging a patient from the hospital, longstanding guidelines require when you transfer them somewhere you transfer them to a place that can take care of their needs whether they’re going home or they’re going to a nursing home or some other facility.”
Verma added later that it’s “disingenuous” for Democrats such as Cuomo to say they were following federal guidelines when they weren’t.
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“I think the most important thing though is I think it’s disingenuous to try to undermine the federal guidelines,” Verma said. “They were absolutely clear and nursing homes across the country adhered to those and that’s why we’ve seen at the vast majority of nursing homes. I just don’t think we should ever put a nursing home in a situation or a patient where we force them to take a patient they are not prepared to care for. That not only jeopardizes the patient but it jeopardizes the health and safety of every single resident in that nursing home.”
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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