It’s like a heist movie written by John Milius:
A lead came from an acquaintance of a friend of a team member. After several hours of vetting, we grew confident of the broker’s professional pedigree and the potential to secure a large shipment of three-ply face masks and N95 respirators. The latter were KN95 respirators, N95s that were made in China. We received samples to confirm that they could be successfully fit-tested. Despite having cleared this hurdle, we remained concerned that the samples might not be representative of the bulk of the products that we would be buying. Having acquired the requisite funds — more than five times the amount we would normally pay for a similar shipment, but still less than what was being requested by other brokers — we set the plan in motion. Three members of the supply-chain team and a fit tester were flown to a small airport near an industrial warehouse in the mid-Atlantic region. I arrived by car to make the final call on whether to execute the deal. Two semi-trailer trucks, cleverly marked as food-service vehicles, met us at the warehouse. When fully loaded, the trucks would take two distinct routes back to Massachusetts to minimize the chances that their contents would be detained or redirected.
And the DHS very nearly sized the supplies anyway, despite the efforts to aid detection. And not as part of a comprehensive plan to direct aid where it’s most needed medically, but so that the Trump Crime Family can provide as many no-work jobs as possible to their friends.
And this isn’t an isolated incident. While the Trump administration denies states essential testing resources and undermines their social distancing plans, it is active in both stealing medical supplies and bidding up their price. Being governed by the worst people in the world turns out to be very bad.