Those details stand in stark contrast to the story that the Trump administration has told, and undercuts President Donald Trump’s assertion that hospitals have what they need. Asked about the report during Monday’s coronavirus briefing, President Trump baselessly called it wrong and suggested, without evidence, it was politically motivated.

Conducted over four days in late March by the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department, the report’s interviews offer a comprehensive look into what was actually happening inside many of the nation’s hospitals as the coronavirus spread and workers were stretched to a near breaking point.

Here’s a look at what hospitals were experiencing based on the report’s findings, and how the White House was describing the situation at the time.



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