Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio snapped at a reporter on Monday after asking if the New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot threatened to resign because of the coronavirus crisis.
“Mr. Mayor, just a few questions. Dr. Barbot, has she threatened to resign?” Asked the reporter, asking De Blasio to understand, “I just answered the question.”
“You called me. You said “Mr. Mayor. “I don’t understand your question. I was asked “Has anyone quit?” No. Has anyone threatened to resign? No. Do you want to ask her if she has stepped down or is about to step down? Feel free, “he continued. “But ask her, don’t ask me. I’m confused by your question.”
When Dr. Barbot was on stage, she stated, “I have no intention of resigning. I am very honored to have this position in history at this time, and I am honored to work closely with the Mayor, along with my colleagues, to once again ensure that we have one goal, which is to slow down reduce the spread of Covid-19 and damage New Yorkers. ‘
De Blasio added, “Guys, for god’s sake you can print whatever you want, but if we tell you it’s not true, and we confront you, it’s not true, it would be really nice if you acknowledged it. This is a crisis. These are not personalities and games. This is a crisis. ‘
“It didn’t happen. It just didn’t work. It’s like the day a few months ago when someone said I had lunch with Eric Adams and we came up with a big plan. We hadn’t even seen each other personally for months, and yet it was still in the paper, “he raged. “I don’t know what you think are the right standards, but I hope you’d raise them a bit during a crisis.”
“We discussed decisions every day. Does everyone always agree? No. Are there several factors? Does health think the same as education? No. Guess they have different requirements and we need to understand them, for example, ‘de Blasio concluded. “But nobody threatened to step down. Period of time.”
Reports this week claimed The Blasio’s relationship with Barbot had become “toxic” during the coronavirus crisis, and that “at least one Deputy Commissioner and several Assistant Health Commissioners warned that they would step down due to De Blasio’s mismanagement and unwillingness to seek the advice of follow up doctors in his own administration. ‘
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