President Donald Trump and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Thursday traded barbs publicly over the federal government’s coronavirus response, with Trump accusing Schumer of getting caught up in the “impeachment hoax” and “missing in action” when New Yorkers need him the most.
“I’ve known you for many years,” Trump wrote in a letter he sent to the Senate Minority Leader. “But I never knew how bad a Senator you are for the state of New York until I became President.”
Schumer earlier urged the president to establish a military czar with a military background to oversee the production of medical equipment under the Defense Production Act.
"America cannot rely on a patchwork of uncoordinated voluntary efforts to combat the awful magnitude of this pandemic," Schumer wrote. "The existing federal leadership void has left America with an ugly spectacle in which States and cities are literally fending for themselves, often in conflict and competition with each other."
Trump responded with his own letter, thanking Schumer sarcastically for his “Democrat public relations letter and soundbites.”
“No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary,” Trump wrote. “If they did, they would likely win.”
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