New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed on Sunday that the federal government is not doing enough to increase the production of life-saving medical supplies and is asking the president to deploy the military across the country to help in the public-health crisis.
"The president of the United States is from New York City, and he will not lift a finger to help his hometown, and I don't get it," de Blasio said Sunday Meet the Press.
"I don't get it. Right now, I have asked repeatedly for the military to be mobilized, for the Defense Production Act to be used to its fullest to get us things like ventilators, so people can live who would die otherwise," he continued. "If the president doesn't act, people will die who could have lived otherwise — senior citizens, folks who are members of families."
De Blasio says that the president should order all military personnel with medical training to be deployed around areas of the country where they are needed the most.
"Why are they at their bases? Why are they not being allowed to serve? I guarantee you they are ready to serve, but the president has to give the order," he said.
De Blasio says that Trump should now enact the Defense Production Act, a federal law that allows the federal government to push businesses to increase production of certain products to protect the nation, but Trump says he will only do it as a "worse case scenario."
"The American government is not at full bore right now," the former presidential candidate said. "The Defense Production Act, it's been activated. We've gotten no indication of any factory on 24/7 shifts, we've gotten no shipments and the U.S. military is at its bases instead of at the front lines. We cannot be gentle about this point — right this minute, from this minute forward, our federal government needs to be in this fight instead of on the sidelines."