Gov. Inslee Rips Trump, Says POTUS ‘Would Not Accept The Responsibility’ To Help States With PPE

Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) speaks during the California Democrats 2019 State Convention on June 01, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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May 6, 2020 9:24 a.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is “infuriated” by President Donald Trump’s failure to help states obtain the COVID-19 testing materials and personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to combat the outbreak, the governor said on Wednesday.

Inslee told CNN that the states are now “scrambling around the world” to find those resources thanks to the federal government, which “would not accept the responsibility to help purchase this material.”

“And most importantly, they would not help to manufacture it,” he added.

The Democratic governor blasted Trump for delaying the Defense Production Act (DPA), which only presidents can invoke in times of crisis.

“[Governors] do not have authority to do that,” Inslee said. “So we’ve had to rely on the president making this decision and as I’ve indicated, he refused to do so for weeks and weeks.”

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