Donald Trump attempted to contradict a nurse’s report on the status of personal protective equipment supplies in the midst of a meeting recognizing National Nurses Day.
Sophia Thomas, a New Orleans-based nurse and president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, responded to a reporter’s query about personal protective gear by saying “I think it’s sporadic. As I talk to my colleagues around the country, certainly there are pockets of areas where PPE is not ideal but this is an unprecedented time.”
“Sporadic for you but not sporadic for a lot of other people,” Trump interjected. “I have heard that they are loaded up with gowns now. Initially, we had nothing. We had empty cupboards. We had empty shelves. We had nothing because it wasn’t put there by the last administration,” he went on, attempting to lay blame for an equipment shortage at the feet of the Obama administration.
Read more about the exchange between Sophie Thomas and the president here.