Alyssa Milano calls on Trump to convert his New York hotels into hospitals for coronavirus relief
Actress Alyssa Milano has called on US President Donald Trump to convert his New York hotels into hospitals for coronavirus patients. The comment from the 47-year-old activist-producer came as New York City continues to be overwhelmed by new cases due to the deadly virus.
Milano tweeted: “Trump owns how many hotels in the US? And how many in NY in particular? He should offer to turn them into hospitals until this pandemic is over. We need beds. He’s got ‘em.”
However, the ‘Who's the Boss?’ star failed to recognize that POTUS only owns one hotel in New York City — the Trump International Hotel & Tower. The Trump Organization’s official site also confirms the same as it mentions the president has only one hotel in the city located near Columbus Circle. It also states that Trump Tower, a 58-floor, mixed-use skyscraper situated in midtown Manhattan is not a hotel. The tower though serves as the headquarters for the Trump organization as well as has residential and commercial spaces.
Despite the misleading information in Milano’s tweet, many liked her post including a number of Hollywood celebrities, such as Don Cheadle, Lori Petty, and Michael McKean.
Milano’s tweet came amid several reports saying that the hospitality industry is thinking of converting entire hotels into hospitals for coronavirus patients with mild symptoms. The reported step is being taken to increase capacity for critically ill patients at medical facilities as the outbreak grows.
According to CNN, the US Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it was working to create over 10,000 hospital beds in hard-hit New York City by converting hotel rooms and college dormitories into makeshift care facilities. The federal agency is also considering similar initiatives in California and Washington.
Trump has also tweeted on March 25 that he is working hard amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He shared, “I am working very hard to help New York City & State. Dealing with both Mayor & Governor and producing tremendously for them, including four new medical centers and four new hospitals. Fake News that I won’t help them because I don’t like Cuomo (I do). Just sent 4000 ventilators!”
However, this is not the first time the activist has dissed the president as earlier she has blasted him for his use of the phrase "Chinese Virus.” In a tweet, she wrote: “Stop calling it the 'Chinese Virus,' you racist piece of s**t!"
Milanos’ fiery tweet came soon after Trump had tweeted: "I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the 'borders' from China — against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!"
But later, the president defended himself in a press conference saying, “Because [the virus]comes from China. It's not racist at all, no, not at all. It comes from China, that's why I want to be accurate."