Trump Bashes Fox News as ‘Total Waste of Time’ After Report on Equipment Shortages, Rising Deaths at VA Hospitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. — (04-11-20) — President Donald Trump bashes FOX News Weekend as a “Total Waste of Time” for their “Hard News” story which was also reported on WSJ, on how equipment shortages and rising coronavirus deaths are happening at the VA Hospitals across the country.
While Americans are stressing out at home under Stay-At-Home orders, president Trump was busy on Saturday evening taking shots at Fox News on Twitter, and asking followers to look at alternative conservative network OANN, another conservatie network with less than 11K viewers daily.
President Trump’s dismissive insult of his otherwise favorite cable network coincidentally came just minutes after its hard-news report on how VA hospitals are suffering from testing and equipment shortages and how hundreds of veterans have died from the coronavirus outbreak, didn’t go over too well on social media platforms.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2020
Needless to say the resonses came swift and hard:
We know what “alternative” you’re talking about. pic.twitter.com/7YvJ6RxENR
— Alamo_on_the_rise ?? (@AlamoOnTheRise) April 11, 2020
Fox news occasionally stops sucking your ass and now you reject them. Too funny.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) April 11, 2020
Our commander and chief has frequently slammed FOX News of late over perceived “disloyalty”, dismissing their polls showing him losing to former vice president Joe Biden, complaining to his longtime confidante Sean Hannity that the network has become too “politically correct” and attacking a Fox News reporter when she confronted him with tough questions.
Well, just two minutes before Trump’s tweet, at 5:51pm EST, Fox News was wrapping up a long segment on how VA hospitals are currently beset with Coronavirus testing and staff shortages in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are reported 4,000 cases of coronavirus in Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country, resulted so far of at least 200 deaths of our veterans, seven we’re told are VA staffers,” Fox anchor Eric Shawn explained, before revealing that Fox had obtained internal VA emails saying “health workers are short on protective gear in some of those hospitals.”
Shawn also interviewed David Shulkin, Trump’s first VA Secretary, who was fired in 2018 after a controversial travel expenses scandal.
Shulkin echoed Fox News’ reporting, commending VA staffers for their hard work but noting they aren’t getting the support they need from the federal government to properly care for veterans in the agency’s hospitals and nursing homes.
“This is an extraordinary battle that they are undertaking,” said Shulkin. “They are struggling with getting all the equipment that they need, the protective equipment, and you can’t expect the staff to take care of our veterans if you don’t have healthy staff and staff who feels safe in the environments they work in.” said Shulkin.
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Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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