Congresswoman Kathy Castor Blasts Ivanka Trump’s Visit to Tampa

Today, Ivanka Trump visited Tampa, Florida to campaign for her father as the state announced that more than 13,000 lives have been lost in Florida due to the coronavirus pandemic, more than most countries. In response, Congresswoman Kathy Castor released the following statement:

“Ivanka Trump spent the afternoon in my district papering over the suffering Donald Trump has caused Floridians because he lied to the American people and then failed to act when we needed decisive leadership. Americans are less safe because of Trump’s failed coronavirus response. Seven months later, and Trump is still no closer to executing an overarching plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of my constituents have lost their jobs and, tragically, many have lost their loved ones — but Ivanka Trump came to Tampa today to pat herself and her father on the back. My neighbors deserve better, and that’s what we’re going to get when we elect Joe Biden, a leader who is ready on day one to get us out of this crisis.”


On coronavirus response:He did the things he needed to do on a federal level — stopping travel from China…” 

FACT: Trump’s China travel “ban” still allowed tens of thousands of people to fly into the U.S. from China—and despite what he claims, the restrictions weren’t even his idea.

FACT: Trump’s ineffective response to the coronavirus crisis cost lives and the United States to have the worst economic impact in the industrialized world 

On coronavirus relief: Trump was “working with the governors to make sure they had was they need and then making sure Americans had the relief they deserved” 

FACT: Donald Trump lashed out at governors seeking help and sent inadequate supplies to the states 

FACT: Trump failed to make a deal to provide additional assistance and his executive order doesn’t provide any aid to state and local governments, resulting in more layoffs and states like Florida choosing not to provide enhanced unemployment.

FACT: Less than half the jobs lost during the pandemic have returned and the economic recovery is slowing 

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