After a call between the president and Senator Cory Gardner the night before, on Wednesday April 8th 2020, it was announced that 100 ventilators from the federal stash would be delivered to Colorado.
Trump also tweeted about doing so and mentioned at Wednesday’s press briefing that the ventilators would arrive at Colorado very soon.
However, Congresswoman and Colorado democrat, Diana DeGette, reported to CNN that this seems like a political favor to Mr. Gardner. She claims that, November election are just around the corner, the president wants to help strengthen Mr. Gardner’s currently weak standing.
She believes that the exchange that took place between the two is a very disturbing political persuasion tool, showing a lack of proper process.
To help future COVID-19 patients, 10,000 ventilators had also been previously requested from the government by the state delegation along with Colorado’s Governor, Jared Polis. Unfortunately, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) did not take any action to meet this demand.
In the meantime, the state decided to buy 500 ventilators from a private company. This was done to ensure an effective response to any future patients until the ventilators were received from the government.
Gardner expressed his gratitude upon receiving the ventilators on Fox News. He said that he was very grateful to Trump for promptly providing the much-needed equipment after their call. The Governor also said that he looks forward to working alongside the president to further meet the needs of Colorado and continue to fight for it.
On Wednesday, two people from the coronavirus task force of the White House, Dr. Deborah Birx and Vice President Mike Pence were questioned on the 100 ventilator gift to Colorado. They were specifically asked whether there needed to be a close relation present with Trump’s administration to be able to attain such medical equipment when needed.
They claimed that the task force has started to see significant improvement in Colorado after their talks with the Governor, Senator, and local officials. They also added that the force is not only helping out Colorado but also other states which faced a similarly large increase in cases.
Mr. Birx also said that, equipment is not granted solely based on the most number of cases, but after accessing the capacities of the hospitals in different states and what resources those hospitals possess.