Baldwin asks Trump to send more medical supplies to Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Senator both asked the President for assistance and criticized his response to the crisis in a letter sent on Monday. Photo: Screenshot of Baldwin’s letter, courtesy of Tammy Baldwin.

Author: Sam Buisman

Senator Tammy Baldwin petitioned President Trump to send medical equipment to Wisconsin.

In a letter sent to the President on Monday but released to the press Tuesday morning, the Wisconsin Senator urged President Trump to direct a shipment of personal protective equipment, ventilators and other medical supplies to Wisconsin to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Addressing the President in the letter, Baldwin writes “I urge you to act now to deliver the assistance states have requested and need before it is too late.”

Baldwin notes that Wisconsin has only received a fraction of the equipment it requested from FEMA and the Department of Health and Human Services. According to the House Oversight Committee, the federal government has sent Wisconsin about 170,000 N95 respirators, 400,000 surgical masks and 300,000 gloves as of Wednesday, but zero ventilators.

In the rest of the letter, Baldwin criticized President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis over his promotion of taking unapproved drugs to treat COVID-19, slow response to the crisis, and refusal to invoke the Defense Production Act.

At press time, the White House has not responded to the Senator’s letter.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, there are 3,555 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, 344 of which are in Dane County.