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Just so we're clear on how Trump is handling distributing PPE and ventilators:

1) States are buying PPE and ventilators for themselves because they can't get them from the federal government.
2) The federal government is stopping planes on tarmacs to confiscate these shipments.
3) The federal government is then allowing private distributors like McKesson to transport those confiscated PPE on FEMA planes to recipients determined by federal government. It's unclear what the profit mechanism for these private distributors is or how recipients are chosen.
4) States who had their ordered supplies confiscated turn around and start asking the federal government for supplies, since theirs were confiscated.
5) The Trump family goes on TV to say "it's the FEDERAL stockpile, not the STATE stockpile, you should have planned ahead."
6) States have to go to extraordinary means (like using NFL planes and covertly coordinating with other states) to finally get PPE and ventilators.
7) People die due to lack of needed medical resources.
8) Trump keeps killing people, because no one will hold him accountable.
9) Trump, in fact, blames healthcare workers stealing PPE (which isn't happening) for the shortage.
10) Said healthcare workers are coming to work in homemade masks, getting sick, and dying too.
11) Trump keeps killing them, because no one will hold him accountable.
Citations:
* PPE/ventilator shortage, Trump's stinginess with the federal stockpile, and homemade PPE: nytimes.com/2020/03/19/hea…
* More on why there's a shortage: vox.com/policy-and-pol…
* State governments in bidding wars for equipment: abcnews.go.com/US/competition…
* Federal government confiscates PPE purchased by states: wcvb.com/article/3-mill…
* States get creative in getting PPE around the feds: bostonglobe.com/2020/04/02/nat…
* Project Airbridge, aka corporate vultures circling: cbsnews.com/news/coronavir…
* Trump family declares the federal stockpile "ours", not the states': abcnews.go.com/Politics/kushn…
* Nurses protest over lack of PPE: democracynow.org/2020/4/3/nyc_f…
* People sew facemasks to donate to hospitals: today.com/health/volunte…
* Healthcare workers are dying: usatoday.com/story/news/nat…
* Ventilator shortage in NY means doctors have to let people die: buzzfeednews.com/article/kadiag…
* Trump says he doesn't think NY needs more ventilators: cbsnews.com/news/trump-han…
* Trump calls states requesting more "complainers" with "insatiable appetites": huffpost.com/entry/trump-ho…
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