Gov. Kemp Silent Despite Failed Federal Assistance for Georgia
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Government watchdog Accountable.US is releasing on Twitter never before seen government emails it obtained between Georgia officials and the federal government regarding COVID-19. The documents reveal previously unreported details about the Trump administration’s failure to deliver crucial medical equipment to Georgia, leaving the state with incomplete, late, or totally unfulfilled orders, while offering few answers to state officials and putting the lives of Georgians at risk. Even still, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has remained silent in the face of the Trump administration’s repeated failures.
The emails and other documents, secured through Georgia Open Records Act (GORA) requests, are being released throughout the weekend on Twitter.
“These records demonstrate the Trump administration’s epic mismanagement of its response to this public health crisis. It has failed to deliver crucial medical equipment to Georgia, leaving the state with incomplete, late, or totally unfulfilled orders, while offering few answers to state officials and putting the lives of Georgians at risk,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Rather than using his platform to speak out about the administration’s glaringly deficient assistance for Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp has remained silent. He seems to have learned the worst lessons from President Trump — mismanaging the response and misleading the public to deflect responsibility. Sadly, it’s a deadly combination.”
An initial batch of the records were first reported on this morning by CNN in a story calling into question Gov. Brian Kemp’s claim from earlier this week that he had no idea asymptomatic people could transmit COVID-19. On the contrary, internal emails and documents obtained by Accountable.US show Georgia public health officials warned state clinicians that the virus could present and be spread asymptomatically as far back as February 11 — and the governor’s name appears on at least one of these warnings.