Trump Demands GM Reopen Lordstown Plant to Make Ventilators By Blank

Cheryl Sanders
March 29, 2020

Trump fumed in another tweet.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump invoked the Defense (defence) Production Act in order to boost the production of ventilators as part of efforts to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

According to the president's statement, negotiations with GM have been productive, but the fight against the virus is too urgent for further delay.

Trump activated some provisions of the Korean War-era DPA last week, calling himself a "wartime president".

"I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first", Trump said of the bipartisan effort on the bill before he signed it on Friday.

Trump the tweeted, "General Motors MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in OH, or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!" Unfortunately, six exclamation points just couldn't get the job done.

"So, everybody who needs one will be able to get a ventilator?" asked Karl a second time.

In a subsequent tweet, he explained that "Invoke "P" means Defense Production Act!". While talks have not been called off, administration officials are weighing how long it would take to produce the thousands of ventilators and whether it would be worth the substantial cost to make the ventilators, given they may not be delivered for some time when the need might be different. The two companies are targeting to produce 10,000 or more ventilators per month.

GM has been working with medical device manufacturer Ventec Life Systems, to build ventilators at the GM factory in Kokoma, Indiana.

Mr Cuomo also fired back at Mr Trump's comments on Thursday night, where the president argued that NY was exaggerating its need for 30,000 ventilators.

In his most recent tweet, US President Donald Trump lashed out on auto majors General Motors and Ford for delaying the manufacturing of ventilators at their plant.

A presidential memorandum issued Friday afternoon indicated that Trump has now directed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to use any authorities under the law to require GM to 'accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators'.

In a coronavirus task force briefing on Thursday, Trump again contradicted himself and said he may decide not to invoke the act - despite the executive order.

Cuomo appeared to respond Trump's comments on Friday, saying "everyone is entitled to an opinion" when asked about pushback on his projection that NY needs 30,000 more ventilators.

The only thing missing was clarity from the government about how many ventilators they needed - and who would be paid to build them.

"We're going to make a lot of ventilators", he told reporters at the White House. The need to quickly equip hospitals across the country with tens of thousands more of the devices to treat those most seriously ill with the virus was not anticipated despite the Trump administration's own projection in a simulation past year that millions of people could be hospitalized. One day, it's like a miracle, it will disappear.' Yesterday, he said: 'I don't believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators'.

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