...state governors are being forced not just to recreate what the federal government was expected to do in previous national crises but to do so behind Trump's incompetent and corrupt back. In secret. To avoid having him damage the efforts. Last week, The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was planning to ship
"millions of masks and gloves from China" back to his state via charter jets, but was keeping the details of those flights secret "out of fear the Trump administration might seize the cargo for the federal stockpile." Rather than provide supplies to the states directly, it appears the Trump administration is instead releasing the acquired emergency supplies to the for-profit private sector
, forcing the states to compete with each other in bidding wars to get them.
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