Trump Seeks to Force General Motors to Produce Ventilators

Henrietta Strickland
March 28, 2020

President Trump wouldn't guarantee every American who needs a ventilator will get a ventilator amid the coronavirus outbreak, getting cheeky with the reporter who asked the question instead.

Trump, to the dismay of state officials across the USA, has thus farrefused to utilizethe Defense Production Act to order private corporations to produce necessary medical equipment, insisting that his administration can make a deal with companies to do so without being compelled by the federal government.

Trump called out General Motors for "wasting time".

"Our joint teams have moved mountains to find real solutions to save lives and fight the pandemic", Ms Barra said, adding that both companies were in the position to help build more ventilators because of the "remarkable performance" of the global supply base for both companies.

"Here's what I'll tell you: I think we're in really good shape", Trump responded. Thousands of ventilators are being required in the treatment of coronavirus patients, the number of which has surged from just 8,000 about 10 days ago to almost one lakh. "Ventec will leverage GM's logistics, purchasing and manufacturing expertise to build more of their critically important ventilators". "Governors across the country are doing great work evaluating the full supply of tens of thousands of ventilators that are available", Pence said.

His remarks contradicted medical experts and apparently were aimed at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has been pleading for 30,000 more ventilators to handle an expected surge in critical virus patients during the next three weeks.

While Trump used the Defense Production Act to produce much-needed ventilators, he told Sean Hannity on Friday that he has "a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they're going to be".

Dating back to the outset of the Korean War, the Defense Production Act gives the White House power to order private industry to manufacture essential supplies for the federal government.

GM and Ventec Life Systems made the announcement about VOCSN critical care ventilators, and GM said the equipment will be ready to ship as soon as next month.

GM will deploy 1,000 of its workers to scale production of the ventilators.

Mr. Trump previously resisted "nationalizing" US industries and said the Defense Production Act served as great leverage.

"We can help Italy, we can help United Kingdom", he said.

"Now they are saying it will only be 6000, in late April, and they want top dollar", he said, looking to pressure them into making a deal. "All the projections say you could have an apex needing 140,000 beds and about 40,000 ventilators".

Trump's tweets attacking Barra and GM - as well as calling for the automaker to start production at an OH factory that the automaker no longer owns - lies in stark contrast from public comments the president made earlier in the week when he touted efforts by companies to mobilize their resources to help alleviate a shortage of medical supplies such as face masks and ventilators.

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