Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Donald Trump demanding a detailed explanation of the reasons for his decision to send ventilators to Russia as part of a $5.6 million package of assistance to other countries during the Coronavirus pandemic, The Hill writes.
“We are deeply concerned about recent reports that you are providing Russia with critically needed ventilators to save lives, at a time when they are urgently needed here in the United States to fight the Coronavirus crisis and save American lives,” the letter said.
The signatories to the letter, which include Democrats Carolyn B. Maloney, Eliot Angel, Nita Lowe, James Cliburn and Stephen Lynch, indicate that the funds of American taxpayers who bought and delivered ventilators abroad cannot and should not be used for political gain.
They demanded that Trump provide information to Congress by June 4 regarding the process of assessing the need for and financing medical supplies to other countries.
Trump himself has repeatedly stated that in recent months, the U.S. has been so well-proven that it is now possible to ship ventilators abroad – without affecting American patients.
On May 21, the U.S. Air Force aircraft delivered the first batch of U.S. ventilators to Moscow Vnukovo Airport – 50 out of 200 planned. According to the U.S. Embassy in Russia, the assistance was provided free of charge. The American apparatuses will be distributed in Russia by the Pirogov National Medical and Surgical Center.