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NYC Mayor Says Trump Needs to Face Reality on Ventilator Crisis

  • De Blasio says the city needs 15,000 ventilators amid outbreak
  • Trump questioned Governor Cuomo’s call for 30,000 ventilators
Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, attends a tour of Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn borough of New York on March 26.

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, attends a tour of Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn borough of New York on March 26.

Photographer: Demetrius Freeman/Bloomberg

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says President Donald Trump needs to face reality because cases of the new coronavirus are going to become “astronomical,” putting unprecedented strain on the hospital system.

Trump said in an interview on Fox News on Thursday that he didn’t think New York state, which has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., needed the 30,000 ventilators that Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked for to treat Covid-19 patents with respiratory conditions.