New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared to respond to comments from the President that the state may not need as many ventilators as the governor has been asking for this week.
Cuomo didn't directly call out President Trump, but he said, "everyone is entitled to an opinion" when asked about pushback on his projection that New York needs 30,000 more ventilators.
He added, "I don't operate on opinion."
On the 30,000 additional ventilators he believes New York needs, Cuomo said, "that's what the data and the science said." He noted that scientists have told him the state may need 140,000 hospital beds and as many as 40,000 ventilators at the apex of the outbreak.
Cuomo said he will "make the decisions based on the data and the science" and "the numbers say you may need 30,000" additional ventilators.
More context: During an interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday, Trump appeared to downplay Cuomo's request for tens of thousands of more ventilators for his state. "I don't believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators," Trump told Hannity, an apparent reference to New York.