A new documentary titled “Totally Under Control” is about the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. A shocking moment in the documentary is the testimony of Mike Bowen before Congress.
On May 14, Bowen, a mask manufacturer from Texas, shared that federal officials repeatedly ignored his warnings about mask shortages and the consequences the country could suffer from it.
“I’m getting 500 to 1,000 emails a day,” Bowen said. “I’m getting emails from moms, I’m getting emails from old people: ‘Please, send me masks.'” Then he started to cry: “I can’t help all these people,” he said.
Over 100,000 Americans had already died when Bowen gave his testimony. Bowen knew that there would be a shortage of N95 masks.
Bowen emailed the US Department of Health and Human Services in January with a proposal. His company, Prestige Ameritech, could start producing an additional 1.7 million N95 masks a week.
“We can’t protect Americans. That’s too late. But I could make at least enough N95s to protect healthcare workers,” Bowen shared in the documentary.
He says all he needed to accomplish his goal was financial support from the federal government.
Instead of aiding states in getting masks and ventilators, Donald Trump told governors they were on their own.
“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” Trump said.
Trump’s stance caused states to bid against each other for very limited supplies and caused prices to spike increasing profits for private companies that had imported the supplies.
“It’s like being on eBay with 50 other states,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated back on March 31.
The bidding war also increased profit for foreign manufactures and American taxpayers had to cover the extra cost. In the end, Americans paid 10 times more than if they could have purchased supplies from local producers.
The documentary also revealed that on several occasions’ states were outbid by the federal government. This frustrated Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker so much that he reached out to Trump about the issue on March 19.
“I got a feeling that if somebody has a chance to sell to you or has a chance to [sell to] me, I’m going to lose every one of those,” Baker said. Trump laughed.
“Well, we do like you going out and seeing what you can get if you can get it faster,” Trump said. “And the price is always a component of that also. And maybe that’s why you lost to the feds.”
By April 1 it was more than clear that the Trump administration’s free-for-all strategy was failing so Jared Kushner set up a PPE procurement task force with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“It is hard to believe that our nation finds itself dealing with the same shortfalls in PPE witnessed during the first few weeks that SARS-CoV-2 began its unrelenting spread,” Susan R. Bailey, president of the Journal of the American Medical Association, wrote back in August.
“But that same situation exists today, and in many ways, things have only gotten worse”, she said
The documentary was created by directors Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan, and Suzanne Hillinger. The trio filmed the documentary in secrecy over a period of five months.
You can view the trailer for “Totally Under Control” below.
According to a recent new book written by legendary journalist Bob Woodward, President Trump admitted that he knew weeks before the U.S. had a confirmed case of a coronavirus death that the virus was airborne, dangerous, highly contagious, and “more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”
“This is deadly stuff,” Trump allegedly told Woodward back on February 7.
Trump did a series of interviews with Woodward and during those interviews, he revealed that he had a high level of detail about the previously unknown virus.
“Pretty amazing,” Trump told Woodward. He then added that the virus was “maybe five times more deadly” than the flu.
Trump’s statements to Woodward in no way match the public comments that he made about the virus at the time.
During February and March Trump stated that everything would “work out fine” and that the virus would simply “disappear.” Woodward shares Trump’s own words in his new book and he clearly lays out how Trump betrayed the public trust and the responsibilities of his office.
The new book titled “Rage” Trump admits to Woodward that he knew back in early March how deadly the virus would be and he admits that he intentionally kept that knowledge hidden from the public.
“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward back on March 19. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
However, had Trump not downplayed the virus and acted to protect the nation in early February with a shutdown, social distancing, hand washing and mandatory mask-wearing thousands of American lives could have been saved.