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Nevada Hispanic leaders discuss President Trump's pandemic response

Posted at 9:09 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 00:09:45-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic is viewed by some as a failure, including several Democrats in Nevada.

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Culinary Union treasurer Geoconda Argüello-Kline, and West Wendover Mayor Daniel Corona spoke Thursday afternoon about some of the decisions the president did or didn't do that impacted the Hispanic community in the state during the pandemic.

“Because of his failure, states had to compete to get personal protective equipment. States had to go on the open market to purchase and often came across price gouging to get access to the equipment, the test and the necessary supply chain," said Cortez Masto.

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The group also spoke about the lack of testing at the beginning of the pandemic and how it affected the containment of the virus.

But for conservative political analyst Jesus Marquez, this is not the case.

“At first it was those who only needed them or had symptoms who were getting tested. Now, everyone is getting tested," Marquez said. "There’s different organizations and different entities doing the testing, all of those tests come from the federal government. They are all provided by President Donald Trump. So, I believe he’s doing his best.

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic continue to be felt locally and around the world, - as the fight against it appears far from over.

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