Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that there’s no longer a shortage of coronavirus tests, calling the assertion “just not true” and warning that no state has enough tests.
Hogan, who issued a statewide stay-at-home order a day earlier, told NPR’s “Morning Edition” that the country’s governors have made some progress in working with the federal government to obtain additional medical supplies, but more is needed.
“President Trump has suggested that the testing problems are over,” NPR’s Rachel Martin told Hogan during the interview.
“Yeah, that’s just not true,” said Hogan, who chairs the National Governors Association. “I know that they’ve taken some steps to create new tests, but they’re not actually produced and distributed out to the states. So it’s an aspirational thing.”
He added that the Trump administration has some new testing measures “in the works,” but for now “no state has enough testing.”
Trump is said to have told governors via a conference call Monday that he hadn’t “heard about testing in weeks,” but governors and healthcare workers abound have been screaming the issue loud and clear- there are not enough test.
Hogan also told CNN that there remains “no question” that state officials are asking for more testing and that the need is clear.
Hogan said, “I’m not here to point blame… We’re all working to try to get more testing. … It doesn’t matter who’s supposed to be doing these things ― we’ve all got to get together and get them done because it’s going to save lives.”
He added, “Without the tests we really are flying blind… We’re sort of guessing about where the outbreaks are and about what the infection rate and the hospitalization rates are and the mortality rates.”
JUST NOW: “Without the tests we really are flying blind, we’re sort of guessing about where the outbreaks are and about what the infection rate in the hospitalization rates are.”
MD Gov @LarryHogan on continued plea from state for more tests.@NewDay pic.twitter.com/hOKTHEzPsf— John Berman (@JohnBerman) March 31, 2020
On Monday, Hogan and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) ― who was attacked by Trump after she criticized his response to the pandemic ― published a joint editorial in The Washington Post outlining the help that states need from the federal government.
Hogan told NPR on Tuesday that “every single state” has a shortage of ventilators and personal protective equipment, such as masks.
“We’ve been pushing these things at the federal level, but there’s simply not enough of them,” he said.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Hogan has been critical of Trump in the past. He harshly criticized the president last year after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
And in October, he expressed support for an impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.