Hogan’s harsh criticism of the President’s response comes from the fact that the number of coronavirus cases in the United States is increasing, and states are taking self-regulatory measures to slow the spread. Hogan, chairman of the National Governors Association, has called for more aid to the states and has openly pushed Trump back over the pandemic, including the president’s claims about the availability of coronavirus testing.
In the Washington Post article, Hogan said he observed Trump “downplayed the seriousness of the outbreak and the White House did not issue public warnings, develop a strategy for 50 states, or provide medical equipment or life-saving ventilators from the national pool of American hospitals He also explained 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 used to protect the tests.
“Finally, it was clear that it was hopeless to wait for the President to respond to the nation̵
7;s response. If we were late, we would condemn more of our citizens to suffering and death,” said Hogan.
CNN asked the White House for a comment.
As the corona virus spread in the US, Hogan also said that Trump “talked and tweeted like a man who cares more about boosting the stock market or his reelection plans” instead of listening to health professionals.
Hogan said while waiting for Trump’s approval for joint coronavirus testing at the National Institutes of Health, he called NIH director Francis Collins to file a test application with the agency, but Collins instead asked him for testing help.
“‘I don’t even have enough tests for my weakened immune system or my staff,’ he said, wondering if I could prevail against Johns Hopkins, whose Suburban Hospital is opposite the NIH, to do tests on him,” said Hogan. “I could only shake my head. The federal government – a much larger and better-funded institution with tens of thousands of scientists and doctors in the public service – wanted my help!”
CNN asked the NIH for a comment on Thursday.
As the virus spread, Hogan and other governors searched for personal protective equipment and test kits and asked for federal support, while the Trump administration’s promised test kits were delayed by weeks. In April, Trump accused the governors of having test deficits and said he was “not responsible at all” for the slow introduction of tests. Trump also incorrectly claimed that the U.S. had conducted more tests than any other nation, including South Korea.
This story has been updated.