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 BlasioDe Blasio says NYC public schools plan to reopen in September The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low Republican Nicole Malliotakis wins New York primary to challenge Max Rose MORE called on President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' 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.