De Blasio says April and May 'are going to be a lot worse'

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioCuomo calls on NYPD to 'step up' in enforcing coronavirus regulations at bars Feehery: Weak mayors destroy America's great cities Dozens of state, local health leaders fired or resigned amid pandemic: report MORE (D) said Sunday that the coronavirus outbreak will get worse in the next two months, adding that he does not think President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE is doing enough to mitigate the pandemic. 

“The truth is, and New Yorkers and all Americans deserve the blunt truth, it is only getting worse. And in fact, April and May are going to be a lot worse,” the mayor said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” 

The outbreak will get even worse, he said, due to Trump’s refusal to invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) for the medical equipment hospitals need. 

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“The president of the United States is from New York City, and he will not lift a finger to help his hometown,” de Blasio said, adding that New York City accounts for a third of the cases of COVID-19 across the country. 

The mayor said he has repeatedly asked for the military to be mobilized and for the DPA to be “used to the fullest” to get equipment such as ventilators. 

“So people can live who would have died otherwise,” de Blasio added. “I can’t be blunt enough. If the president does not act, people will die who could have lived otherwise.”

The mayor said all medically trained military personnel should be sent to “places where the crisis is deep,” such as New York. 

He added that if ventilators are being produced, they need to be sent to New York, not in months but in the next 10 days. 

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"The only force in America that could do that is the military," de Blasio said. "Why are they at their bases? Why are they not being allowed to serve? I guarantee you they're ready to serve. But the president has to give the order."

Host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddPublic health expert: 50 percent effective coronavirus vaccine would be 'better than what we have now' Navarro 'confident' Trump executive actions 'will stand up' in court Karen Bass: 'I'm not a socialist, I'm not a communist' MORE asked de Blasio what progress would look like. 

De Blasio responded that “it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better” but said progress would include “real, consistent social distancing being enforced” and “hospitals that can function.” 

“If people see the system holding, that will be progress. If it starts to collapse, think about that in the United States of America in the 21st century, if our hospitals can't function because our government wasn't there for them,” he added.