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US News Trump orders General Motors to make ventilators under Defense Production Act

03:36  28 march  2020
03:36  28 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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President Donald Trump has ordered General Motors to make ventilators under the Defense Production Act hours after criticizing the company for "Our negotiations with GM regarding its ability to supply ventilators have been productive , but our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the

CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports that Trump orders GM to make ventilators under the Defense Production Act .

President Donald Trump has ordered General Motors to make ventilators under the Defense Production Act hours after criticizing the company for not acting quickly enough to produce the supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Korean War-era statute can force certain American companies to produce materials that are in short supply in the face of the growing outbreak. The order comes hours after GM announced plans to build critical-care ventilators with Ventec Life Systems at one of the automaker’s components plants in Indiana.

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Defense Production Act , Orders General Motors To Make Ventilators . has invoked the act to order General Motors to "accept, perform and prioritize federal contracts for ventilators the federal government and General Motors , Trump took to Twitter Friday to criticize GM and its CEO Mary T I also manage a YouTube gaming channel under the name strummerdood. I graduated with a BA in

Trump ’s order , signed on Friday, requires General Motors to “accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators ,” per a White House statement. Previously, Trump had touted GM ’s commitment to producing 40,000 ventilators in partnership with Ventec Life Systems

The order does not change GM’s previously announced plans or schedule to produce the ventilators, according to GM spokesman Jim Cain. Earlier, the companies said they were expecting to begin shipping as early as next month.

a man wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Washington. © Provided by CNBC President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Washington. GM, in an emailed statement, did not directly address Trump invoking the act. It reiterated that employees with Ventec, GM and their supply base “have been working around the clock for over a week to meet this urgent need.”

“Our commitment to build Ventec’s high-quality critical care ventilator, VOCSN, has never wavered,” GM said. “The partnership between Ventec and GM combines global expertise in manufacturing quality and a joint commitment to safety to give medical professionals and patients access to life-saving technology as rapidly as possible. The entire GM team is proud to support this initiative.”

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“ General Motors MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in Ohio,” the president’s rant Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on Trump to enforce the act . General Motors is still likely to profit from the crisis. While the automaker has suspended production

President Donald Trump invoked the sparsely used Defense Production Act on Friday to order the Department of Health and Human Services to compel General Motors to manufacturer ventilators after he sharply criticized the company for slow-walking production . "Our negotiations with GM

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The announcement that Trump was implementing the DPA came less than a day after the president cast doubt on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s assertion that his state would need at least 30,000 ventilators to meet the predicted explosion in demand from COVID-19 patients in the coming weeks.”

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I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You know, you go into major hospitals sometimes they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’”

Prior to GM’s announcement, Trump criticized the automaker and GM CEO Mary Barra on Friday for their response to producing life-saving ventilators amid the coronavirus pandemic and wanting “top dollar” for doing so. In a tweet, he referenced invoking the Defense Production Act, however did not provide details.

Earlier Friday, The New York Times reported that GM and Ventec Life Systems, with which it is partnering to build such supplies, wanted more than $1 billion, including hundreds of millions upfront to GM to retool a car parts plant in Kokomo, Indiana, to make the ventilators.

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