Scranton dentist Dr. Albert Hazzouri loves dropping the name of his friend, President Donald Trump, in the course of doing business.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that Hazzouri tried to get the federal government to buy coronavirus test kits from his associates. Hazzouri mentioned his Trump connection when he encountered resistance, the newspaper reported.
Two years ago, Hazzouri alluded to his Trump friendship as he sought a Florida dental license before state regulators.
Repeated efforts to reach Hazzouri on Wednesday were unsuccessful.
Citing unnamed sources involved with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s operations, The New York Times reported Hazzouri repeatedly called FEMA officials and a separate team of Trump administration volunteers working on procurement. He wanted to help facilitate the purchase of about 100,000 kits from Mexico.
Hazzouri, 64, also mentioned his friendship with Trump while trying to obtain a