Trump: 100 ventilators 'immediately' being sent to Colorado

Trump: 100 ventilators 'immediately' being sent to Colorado
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE on Wednesday announced that 100 ventilators will “immediately” be sent to Colorado after Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerWe need a '9-1-1' for mental health — we need '9-8-8' Overnight Energy: US Park Police say 'tear gas' statements were 'mistake' | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump juggles three crises ahead of November election MORE (R-Colo.) made a request for the medical equipment.

In a response to Gardner’s tweet announcing the approval of National Guard assistance in the state, Trump posted, “Will be immediately sending 100 Ventilators to Colorado at the request of Senator Gardner!”

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Gardner announced Tuesday that Trump approved the National Guard assistance, which will permit the Colorado National Guard to be used for “state COVID-19 response efforts.”

The ventilators will come days after Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisState leaders urge protesters to get tested for coronavirus amid fears of new outbreaks The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Overnight Health Care: White House shifts focus from coronavirus | House Democrats seek information on coronavirus vaccine contracts | Governors detail frustrations with Trump over COVID-19 supplies MORE (D) told CNN that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) swooped in and took ventilators from a deal the state had made with a manufacturer. 

“Either be in or out,” Polis told CNN’s Don LemonDon Carlton LemonWebb: The modern age of dissent versus riot Birdwatcher questions whether response to woman who called police on him was 'proportionate' Birdwatcher: Woman's call to police was 'definitely racist' MORE. “Either you’re buying them and you’re providing them to states and you’re letting us know what we’re going to get and when we’re going to get them. Or you stay out, and let us buy them.”

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Before Polis spoke to CNN, the network had reported the state had ordered 500 ventilators but that the purchase was canceled after FEMA bought the supplies.

The Colorado governor’s press secretary, Conor Cahill, said Tuesday that Polis had been notified Colorado’s orders for ventilators will not be granted in the coming weeks.

"Domestic ventilator manufacturers have informed the Governor that the orders of Colorado and other states will not be fulfilled any time soon because FEMA is jumping the line and demanding all the product,” Cahill said.

A total of 5,429 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Colorado, with 179 deaths, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Tuesday data.