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‘Worse Than Hoarding’: Trump Suggests Masks Are ‘Going Out The Back Door’ Of Hospitals, Sparking Outrage

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‘Worse Than Hoarding’: Trump Suggests Masks Are ‘Going Out The Back Door’ Of Hospitals, Sparking Outrage





President Trump on Sunday suggested, without evidence, that N95 masks are “going out the back door” of New York hospitals and suggested that reporters should look into his unfounded conspiracy theory.

Trump told reporters “something is going on” with mask usage in New York, openly wondering if they’re being stolen out “the back door” of hospitals.

“How do you go from 10 to 20 to 30,000, to 300,000 – even though this is different,” he said. “Something is going on. And you ought to look into it as reporters. Where are the masks going? Are they going out the back door.”



Trump’s own Department of Health and Human Services has estimated that the US would need up to 3.5 billion N95 respirator masks over a year of the pandemic.

The remark drew widespread condemnations on Twitter.

Trump also accused New York hospitals of “hoarding” ventilators, then says he spoke with restauranteur Wolfgang Puck today before directing his staff “to use any and all authority available to give restaurants, bars and clubs incentives to stay open”.




“There is something going on. I don’t know if it is hoarding. It is maybe worse than hoarding,” Trump again suggested.





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