President Donald Trump said Monday he would be granting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s request to convert a hospital ship docked off of Manhattan to treat coronavirus patients.
Cuomo, a Democrat, told members of the press earlier Monday that he was “going to call the President this afternoon and ask him to shift the (USNS) Comfort from non-Covid to Covid.”
Trump, speaking at a White House press briefing Monday afternoon, said he “was informed that Gov. Cuomo has already told you and announced he called me up a little while ago and asked whether or not it would be possible to use the ship with respect to fighting the virus.”
“We hadn’t had that in mind at all, but we’re going to let him do it,” Trump remarked.
The President also confirmed that the ship has been approved to treat New Jersey patients.