LISTEN: De Blasio says feds not treating coronavirus 'like the crisis it is'

David Caplan
February 28, 2020 - 7:04 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill De Blasio isn't too happy with the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak, he told 1010 WINS in an interview Friday night. 

"The problem is, the CDC has been very slow to act," De Blasio told 1010 WINS' Larry Mullins. "They are making noises about being more cooperative, which I'm happy about, but they have still not given us what we actually need, which is a new updated testing kit, a better quality one that we can work with to do our testing."

He continued, "We've got to keep pressure on the CDC and the federal administration to really move to a decentralized approach ... There are some very simple steps that can be taken if the federal government would treat it like the crisis it is. You cannot manage a crisis from Washington. You have to empower the local areas. We are the front lines."

Still, he remains cautiously optimistic about the federal response to the potentially deadly virus, saying, "I think we're getting there, but we need a lot more urgency."

Listen to the complete interview with de Blasio above.

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