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Politics More than 100 national security professionals urge Trump to invoke Defense Production Act

00:40  26 march  2020
00:40  26 march  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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The Trump administration was reportedly weighing invoking the act as far back as February, when the US announced its first non-traceable case of the The Empire state has the biggest number of cases so far. Though Trump did not state what kind of equipment the Defense Production Act will be used

Mr Cruz has urged Mr Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) in order to help solve medical Mr Cruz explained that he’s concerned that the longer Mr Trump waits to invoke the act , the The death toll has passed the 500 mark, with more than 100 deaths in one day for the first time.

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More than 100 current and former national security professionals, including former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, urged President Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) and direct U.S. businesses to scale up production of critical medical supplies.

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In a letter obtained by The Wall Street Journal, Hagel and dozens of other former top military brass and members of the national security community called such an action necessary to support hospitals across the country suffering from shortages of masks, ventilators and other supplies.

"The administration this week utilized the DPA on a narrow and limited basis, but America's public health professionals - as well as doctors and industry workers - continue to sound the alarm, citing the increasingly urgent and dire need for ventilators, masks, testing supplies, and other resources," they wrote.

"Beyond questions of supply, the private sector lacks the ability to process incoming requests, prioritize the most urgent needs, and coordinate with other companies absent more concerted government involvement," the letter continues. "That is precisely what the DPA is designed to do."

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Several of the signatories were top members of the Obama administration, including National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, and former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power.

Their letter concludes by arguing that using the DPA to expand production of medical supplies is necessary to prevent further deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, which has sickened tens of thousands of Americans.

"If the ultimate objective is to save American lives, there is no alternative to utilizing the DPA immediately and to the fullest extent," they wrote.

The president announced last week that he would invoke the DPA in a limited fashion, though top health experts and congressional Democrats have urged him to use the act beyond its value as leverage in negotiations with private companies.

Schumer 'appalled' over Trump letter: 'Stop the pettiness' .
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he was "appalled" over a letter from President Trump, in which the president criticized the Democratic leader as a "bad" senator and vulnerable to a primary challenge from the left. Trump released the letter to Schumer after the New York senator sent his own letter asking the president to name a military official as a czar to oversee production and disbursement of medical equipment and invoke the Defense Production Act. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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