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Top hospital official fired after saying Trump supporters should ‘give up their ventilators for someone else’

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, delivers his remarks at a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

(USA Features) A top hospital executive in Buffalo, N.Y., has been fired after mocking virus-sickened supporters of President Donald Trump on social media, saying they should let other people have their ventilators.

Laura Krolczyk, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s vice president for external affairs, was let go this week, spokeswoman Annie Deck-Miller told the Buffalo News.

Initially, Krolczyk was placed on administrative leave after conservative commentator Michael Caputo posted screenshots of her social media exchange between Krolczyk and another top official at the hospital, Lisa LaTrovato.

According to the posted screenshots, the back-and-forth began after Krolczyk posted a link to a news article that appeared to state that the president did not want the federal government to pay General Motors for ventilator production.




“But will waste more than that on a wall and space force,” LaTrovato replied.

“Trump supporters need to pledge to give up their ventilators for someone else … and not go to the hospital,” Krolczyk, who previously worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, said.

LaTrovato responded again, saying, “I think they should be the only ones in packed churches on Sunday.”

“They should barricade themselves in there and ride this out,” Krolczyk wrote.

LaTrovato has also been placed on administrative leave, the Washington Examiner reported.

“This behavior is not tolerated at Roswell Park. If any team members act in a way that does not accord with that commitment, we will take swift and appropriate action, just as we did in this instance,” CEO Candace S. Johnson told Buffalo News.


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