So the first thing you need to know is that there is FEMA and there is the Florida Division of Emergency Management. One is Federal and one is State of Florida.
On Thursday night, Jared Moskowitz went on Fox News and whined.
In a segment on Fox News Thursday night, Jared Moskowitz, the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said that 3M officials had told him they could not fulfill the state’s order for protective gear until they satisfied contracts for foreign customers.
Jared has been trying to get his hands on PPE and when he sends somebody to the 3M warehouses (and others) he finds they are empty. So he whined.
His whining prompted the White House to overreact and issue an executive order.
On Friday evening, the Trump administration issued an executive order directing federal emergency management and health officials to use the law’s authority to preserve respirators, surgical masks and surgical gloves for domestic use.
Then President Trump trumpeted a false accusation Friday night:
In an accompanying statement, Mr. Trump criticized “wartime profiteers,” which he said included speculators, warehouse operators and some well-established distributors with the ability to “unscrupulously” divert inventory from hospitals and state governments to foreign purchases that are willing to pay a premium.
“Nothing in this order will interfere with the ability of P.P.E. manufacturers to export when doing so is consistent with United States policy and in the national interest of the United States,” the statement added, referring to makers of personal protective equipment.
So why is anyone upset?
“All we get from the C.E.O. on down to the head of their P.R. department is lie upon lie, the latest of which — which is dead wrong — is that we demanded 3M not send production from its U.S. plants to our friends and allies in Canada and Mexico,” Mr. Navarro said.
So apparently, Peter Navarro changed the storyline after Canada became upset the US wasn’t going to send masks to Canada. If we believe Mr. Navarro, the executive order did not mean to secure all masks for US distribution although it clearly says “to use the law’s authority to preserve respirators, surgical masks and surgical gloves for domestic use.”
Instead, maybe the executive order means that all masks intended for the US should remain in the US? If so, why issue an Executive Order at all? In my mind, the companion document occurred after Canada called the President and expressed their dissatisfaction with the executive order.
BUT, perhaps Jared Moskowitz’s tweet to 3M on Saturday was misplaced?
I’m your new Troll. I’m the Director of Emergency Management for the State of Florida @FLSERT. Please send us N95 masks directly to our hospitals, first responders and the state. How many brokers and distributors do we have to negotiate with only to find empty warehouses?
Perhaps someone should tell Mr. Moskowitz that the federal government is taking (cough) his PPE? Note that FEMA is out bidding local hospitals for PPE. The very outbidding that Moskowitz was complaining about.
Local hospitals and states have accused the federal government of swooping in at the last second to claim deliveries of protective gear for ambulance drivers, fire fighters, police and hospital workers.
Garren Colvin, the head of the board for the Kentucky Hospital Association, wrote to members of Congress on Thursday saying four shipments of protective gear were taken by the Federal Emergency Management Agency before they could be delivered to the local hospitals that had originally contracted for the supplies.
FEMA officials said the agency was using the routine procurement process and was simply outbidding local governments and states on certain procurements.
Perhaps Mr. Moskowitz only needs to visit the Florida FEMA warehouse and he will find a lot of stuff already in Florida.
(But let’s also not forget Jared Kushner’s comment that stockpiles of FEMA material is not meant for the States, it is meant for the Federal government. The buzzard.)
Well, the lack of Federal guidance on all things COVID-19 has now turned into first come, first served.
But hey, don’t worry, the President is going to Make America Great Again soon.