Trump says US stockpile of protective equipment nearly gone amid coronavirus

Report warns of White House and states competing for supplies as president focuses on counter-narcotics operations at briefing

Donald Trump has admitted the US government’s emergency stockpile of protective equipment is nearly exhausted because of the extraordinary demands of the coronavirus pandemic.

The shortage was first reported by the Washington Post, which said the supply of respirator masks, gloves and other medical supplies was running low.

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