On Sunday, Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan took issue with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s claims that Trump’s administration continues to ignore the coronavirus pandemic.
“Just know that people all over the place are working as hard as they possibly can to fight this hidden enemy and it’s going to take all of us, not only the local government, the cities like the mayor and state governments, the federal government, but it takes every one of our citizens as a part of this and we can’t stop it without them cooperating,” Hogan told NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” adding, “We’re going to keep fighting it 24 hours a day until we get it done.”
De Blasio, who has said that the President remains inactive on the cotonavirus response and needs to deploy the U.S. military to New York City, repeated that demand Sunday. “It’s not true that people everywhere are fighting with all they’ve got because our military is being sidelined and the White House is in denial. It’s just not true, governor. It’s just not true.”
Hogan told the New York City Mayor Bill that the military was anything but sidelined. “We have military all over our state doing all kinds of great things like humanitarian missions … and building new hospital beds,” he said. Trump has invoked the Defense Protection Act to ensure private sector industry produces essential material to combat the coronavirus, as The Daily Caller reported.
The governor also suggested that Bill de Blasio should talk to Dem. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who has praised the Trump administration’s evolving response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“I have talked to him … Not everyone is doing everything they can do, governor. Let’s be honest about it,” de Blasio said.
Hogan emphasized the need to stop finding blame for the health crisis and to continue to work together. “Look, nobody knows where the end of this is or when the spikes are going to happen, but progress is going to be if we can somehow bend this curve downward,” he said.
The governor acknowledged that the disease has “disrupted” everyone’s life. “It’s scary and I understand people out there are concerned about when is it going to look better … It’s going to be a while. We don’t know how long or how bad it’s going to be, but it’s going to continue until we can get it stopped.”