President Trump on Thursday lowered the number of fans he thinks New York will need in the fight against the corona virus.
“I have a feeling that many of the numbers being said in some areas are just bigger than they will be,” Trump said in a call to Fox News’ Hannity.
“I don’t think you need 40,000 or 30,000 fans,” Trump continued. “You know you go into larger hospitals sometimes they will have two fans and now they suddenly say, ‘Can we order 30,000 fans?'”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has requested 30,000 of the machines. On Tuesday, the governor blasted the federal government for sending only part of what he expects Empire State to have to deal with the crisis.
“Do you want a pat on the back to send 400 fans?” a furious Cuomo said during a press conference, adding that tens of thousands of New Yorkers would “die” unless Trump and feds up the ante on the fans they promised.
Trump spoke to Sean Hannity, saying that buying a fan was like buying a car and calling it “very expensive” and “very complicated.”
“And you know they would say, like Gov. Cuomo and others, they would say we want 30,000 of them. Thirty thousand?” Trump said. “Think about this, you know you go to hospitals that have one in a hospital and now all of a sudden everyone is asking for the large number.”
“See it’s a very bad situation,” he added. “We haven’t seen anything like it, but the end result is that we have to get back to work, and I think we can start by opening up some parts of the country.”