Trump Orders 3M to Make More Masks

Cheryl Sanders
April 5, 2020

Trump's executive order ordering 3M to manufacture more masks authorizes the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to acquire from the company any number of N95 masks that he "deems appropriate".

"Hopefully they can do what they are supposed to do", Trump said, without offering details.

At a White House briefing on the CCP virus pandemic earlier on Thursday, Trump announced he had signed a DPA order for 3M to produce face masks. "We're anticipating more orders under the Defense Production Act in the very near future", Trump continued, referring moves that would increase the supply of masks and protective gear.

"The Secretary of Homeland Security will work with FEMA to prevent the export of N95 [respirators] and surgical masks, gloves, and other personal equipment", Trump said at his daily coronavirus news conference.

"A big surprise to many members of government for what they were doing - will have a big price to pay!" the president tweeted.

USA trade adviser Peter Navarro said that the government had some issues making sure that enough of the masks produced by 3M around the world were coming back to the United States.

Stated Roman: "We're very happy to shift our overseas manufacturing to the USA, however there are going to be penalties on a humanitarian stage as we are sometimes the only real supplier of these respirators all over the world". He ordered several USA companies to shift their production and build more ventilators as the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic grows ever worse in the country. However, it warned of the "humanitarian implications" of limiting supply to other countries.

"If that happened, the net number of respirators available to the United States would actually decrease", 3M said. "Again, we encourage automakers, aerospace equipment producers, and other non- ventilation manufacturers to help us source or create more of these components, strengthening the supply chain that all ventilator makers are drawing from to help meet this rising global demand and save lives".

"In addition, ceasing all export of respirators produced in the United States would likely cause other countries to retaliate and do the same, as some have already done. That is the opposite of what we and the administration, on behalf of the American people, both seek".

3M also said it was continuing to act on reports of price gouging and unauthorized reselling of 3M respirators, working with the US and state attorneys general offices.

"We look forward to working closely with the administration to implement yesterday's DPA order", the company said.

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