Hogan’s strong criticism of the president’s response comes as the number of coronavirus cases accelerates across the United States and as states take precautionary measures into their own hands to spread slowly.. Hogan, president of the National Governors Association, has called for more help for the states and openly pushed back on Trump about the pandemic, including the president’s claims about access to coronavirus testing.
In the Washington Post article, Hogan said he watched as Trump “downplayed the severity of the outbreak and because the White House failed to issue warnings, develop a 50-state strategy or send medical equipment or life-saving fans from the national warehouse to US hospitals.”
; He also detailed his efforts to secure 500,000 coronavirus tests from South Korea with the help of his wife, Yumi Hogan, who was born there, and how the National Guard was deployed to protect the tests.
“Eventually, it was clear that waiting for the president to get the country’s response was hopeless; if we delayed any longer, we would condemn more of our citizens to suffering and death,” Hogan said.
CNN reached out to the White House for comment.
When the coronavirus began spreading to the United States, Hogan also said that Trump “talked and tweeted like a man who was more concerned about increasing the stock market or his re-election program” instead of listening to health experts.
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