Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that President Trump’s comments about the federal government’s stockpile of medical equipment suggest he “does not understand the word ‘federal.'” White House adviser Jared Kushner argued at a press briefing last week that the “notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile; it’s not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use.”
“If he were right, why would we ever need a Federal Emergency Management Agency?” Pritzker said. “It’s because individual states can’t possibly do what the federal government can do. We don’t have a Defense Production Act. There’s no way that we could stockpile in anticipation of a pandemic that no one anticipated, and yet the federal government is responsible for doing precisely that,” he added.