The same poll showed a majority (51 percent) specifically approved of Trump’s handling of the federal coronavirus response effort.
“For some reason we have an enormous problem with enacting the Defense Production Act for saving lives and guaranteeing health care,” Ocasio-Cortez says in her video, referring to the Korean War-era legislation that allows the president to order private companies to produce goods deemed as vital to national interests.
In late March, President Trump invoked the act to direct General Motors to begin producing ventilators for the nation’s hospitals.
In mid-March, Omar uncharacteristcally praised Trump for suspending mortgage foreclosures and invoking the Defense Production Act, calling the moves "incredible and the right response in this critical time."
Both Ocasio-Cortez and Omar endorsed self-described democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for president but Sanders this week announced the suspension of his campaign following a string of Democratic primary losses to former Vice President Joe Biden.