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Trump rips GM, says company falls short on ventilators

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 28, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out Friday against American manufacturer General Motors (GM), claiming the company is falling far short in its production of badly-needed ventilators amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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"They said they were going to give us 40,000 much needed Ventilators, 'very quickly'. Now they are saying it will only be 6000, in late April, and they want top dollar," Trump said in a Twitter tirade, further lashing out at company CEO Mary Barra and threatening to invoke a war-time law that would allow him to mandate production.

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The Defense Production Act is a 1950 war powers act originally signed into effect at the onset of the Korean War. Trump activated it last Wednesday but has yet to officially invoke the law as confirmed U.S. infections of the potentially fatal virus have surpassed those of all other countries.

Trump said GM "MUST immediately" open its "stupidly abandoned" plant in Lordstown, Ohio "or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!!!!!!"

"FORD, GET GOING ON VENTILATORS, FAST!!!!!!" he said.

Trump said: "This afternoon, I invoke the Defence Production Act to compel General Motors to accept, perform and prioritise federal contracts for ventilators.

"This invocation of the DPA should demonstrate clearly to all that we will not hesitate to use the full authority of the federal government to combat this crisis."


 

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