“Look, in New York City, this is playing out in so many families. And I got to tell you, you know, Donald Trump has blood on his hands, and he has my mom’s blood on his hands,” Scott Stringer, the city’s comptroller, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “This is something that is just outrageous. And so it’s very tough to mourn under these circumstances.”
CNN has reached out to the White House for comment on this story.
Stringer, who said his mother was the first woman to represent the neighborhood of Washington Heights on the New York City Council, remembered her on Monday as being “tough” and having a love for the city.
“She believed in government. And she raised us to believe in government,” he said. “For this tragedy to happen is just so overwhelmingly sad for my family, but it’s a story, Anderson, that I know is playing out across the country — it’s playing out in New York City and it’s so hurtful.”
New York is currently the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the US. The city has witnessed extraordinary scenes such as field hospitals being set up in iconic Central Park, a major convention center being turned into an emergency hospital and medical workers pleading for more personal protective equipment.
Stringer criticized how that hospital ship — the USNS Comfort — has been used.
The Comfort was expected to only treat non-coronavirus patients, but a top military doctor told reporters on Monday that Covid-19 patients had been treated on the ship.