So while President Trump continues to downplay the severity of the pandemic and claims the death toll isn't going to rise much higher, the Dept of Homeland Security isn't buying it. But what they are buying is 100,000 body bags.
A $5.1 million contract was awarded to E.M. Oil Transport on April 21st. The explicitly stated purpose of the contract? "THE PURPOSE OF THIS CONTRACT IS TO ACQUIRE 100,000 HUMAN REMAINS POUCHES(HRP)."
It's time we all started to realize that anything President Trump says is purely political and with his re-election in mind....not you. Even his own administration is putting money against him.
Oh, and here's the contract.
But we're not done. On April 20th, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Administration) put out a bidding request for 200, 53' freight trailers. Which type of freight trailers? Mobile Mortuary Trailers. Per the contract, "contract for the delivery, setup, maintenance, and removal of refrigerated trailers that will be used to store human remains from either the COVID 19 and or other related deaths. These trailers will be located throughout the United States and Territories".
Also looks like the Veterans Affairs office (contract) and other agencies are ignoring President Trump. They have 8 body bag orders at a combined value of $12.1 million. Those are in addition to the aforementioned order by the Dept of Homeland Security. If the rate is about same per bag as the DHS order, that's nearly 240,000 body bags.
My guess? President Trump and several governors are playing politics with people's lives but several government agencies aren't. They know it's probably going to get worse. Either as a result of opening up too soon or the combined mix of SARS-CoV-2 and the seasonal flu.