Trump Invokes Production Law, Ordering GM to Build Ventilators

Date: 2020-03-27 23:13:05


After days of pleading from the nation’s governors, U.S. President Donald Trump took steps Friday to expand the federal government’s role in helping to produce critically needed supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic. #Coronavirus #Covid19 #DonaldTrum #TrumpGM #GeneralMotors

It was an abrupt about-face by Trump, who had questioned governors’ needs for crucial medical equipment like masks and ventilators, and made clear that he believed it was up to the states, and not him, to secure those supplies.

The invocation, he said, “should demonstrate clearly to all that we will not hesitate to use the full authority of the federal government to combat this crisis.”

Trump on Friday signed an order aimed at compelling General Motors to prioritize the production of ventilators under the Defense Production Act.

Hours earlier, Trump had taken issue with the very idea that states would need an influx of the machines.

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