There doesn't seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason when it comes to the federal government fulfilling state's requests for medical supplies to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post reports.
For instance, Oklahoma has reportedly received 120,000 face shields despite only requesting 16,000. North Carolina, meanwhile, wound up on the other end of the spectrum — after reportedly requesting 500,000 medical coveralls, only 306 showed up, state records show.
Despite President Trump's comments about wanting governors to show him appreciation when making their requests, the Post notes there's no evidence the White House is favoring Republicans. Indeed, Trump has talked up his cooperation with some Democratic governors, while GOP-led states like Georgia has reportedly struggled to fill its requests. Democratic aides have said the White House and the Federal Emergency Management Agency return calls promptly and always agree to consider requests.
Still, one White House officials told the Post on condition of anonymity that Trump isn't completely ignoring politics, at least in one swing state that could play a major role in the 2020 election. Florida, whose Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) gets along swimmingly with Trump, has had all of its requests received so far. "He pays close attention to what Florida wants," the official said. Read more at The Washington Post. Tim O'Donnell
President Trump said on Twitter Saturday evening that migrants seeking asylum at the southern border will wait in Mexico while their claims are processed:
Migrants at the Southern Border will not be allowed into the United States until their claims are individually approved in court. We only will allow those who come into our Country legally. Other than that our very strong policy is Catch and Detain. No “Releasing” into the U.S...
....All will stay in Mexico. If for any reason it becomes necessary, we will CLOSE our Southern Border. There is no way that the United States will, after decades of abuse, put up with this costly and dangerous situation anymore!
His comments fit with a Saturday Washington Post report that the Trump administration had reached a deal with Mexico's incoming government to keep migrants in Mexico while their cases are considered. The Post story cited senior figures in President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador's transition team, and The Wall Street Journal made a similar report.
But the incoming Mexican government denied the story, with incoming Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard saying no specific agreement has been proposed or settled. Likewise, incoming Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero told Reuters no deal has been made, a statement contrary to what she told the Post.
Trump seemed to proceed as if nothing had changed, posting another tweet on the topic Sunday morning:
Would be very SMART if Mexico would stop the Caravans long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form (it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S. No longer). Dems created this problem. No crossings!