NYC mayor says Trump should call for military action on coronavirus

NYC mayor says Trump should call for military action on coronavirus
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioLabor Department vows to protect workers who report unsafe conditions Former CDC head: New York death toll might be 80 percent lower if social distancing was enacted 2 weeks earlier New York City auctioned off extra ventilators due to cost of maintenance: report MORE called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE to mobilize the U.S. military to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.

"The order has not been given by the commander in chief because he's not acting like a commander in chief,” De Blasio said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday. “He doesn't know how, and he should get the hell out of the way and let the military do its job."


This was not the first time de Blasio called for military action to combat the virus.

He has previously said military resources should be deployed around the country to build hospitals.

“President Trump has to mobilize the United States military to fully act in the coronavirus situation,” de Blasio said Wednesday on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360."

De Blasio said the military should be sent to New York, Seattle and California, the areas hit hardest by the pandemic. 

On Thursday the president announced that he was deploying one of two U.S. Navy hospital ships to New York City. The other is expected to be deployed to Seattle in the coming days.