Donald Trump has suggested the hospital staff are stealing masks amid coronavirus crisis.
The president said requests for masks at an unnamed hospital in New York were typically between 10,000 to 20,000, but now they have jumped to 300,000.
Acknowledging circumstances during a pandemic are ‘different’, he however told reporters to investigate medical equipments ‘going out the backdoor’ at hospitals.
The president gave no shred of evidence.
Trump said: “Something’s going on, and you ought to look into it, as reporters. Where are the masks going, are they going out the backdoor? How do you go from 10,000 to 300,000 masks? And we have that in a lot of different places.”
‘Somebody should probably look into that, because I just don’t see from a practical standpoint how that’s possible to go from that to that, and we have that happening in numerous places.’
The comments caused an immediate outcry from medics and commentators who said he was accusing health care workers in the US of stealing as they risked their lives to fight the virus and save lives.