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Politics As Trump touts increased production, coronavirus swabs made during his Maine factory tour will be tossed in the trash

00:40  06 june  2020
00:40  06 june  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The trip is Trump ’s first to Maine since he became president and comes as states have begun to gradually reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic that In the span of three weeks last month, Trump toured a Honeywell aerospace facility in Phoenix that makes N95 face masks, a medical equipment

Trump ’s visit is designed to tout his administration’s efforts to bolster coronavirus testing, as he seeks to reverse Trump is scheduled to tour a Puritan Medical Products Inc. facility in Guilford, Maine , located in the Second District. The company is one of two that manufactures virus testing swabs .

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump traveled to Maine Friday to tour a facility that makes medical swabs used for coronavirus testing, but manufactured in the background during his visit will ultimately be thrown in the trash.  

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump holds a medical swab near his nose as he tours Puritan Medical Products, a medical swab manufacturer, on Friday in Guilford, Maine. © Patrick Semansky, AP President Donald Trump holds a medical swab near his nose as he tours Puritan Medical Products, a medical swab manufacturer, on Friday in Guilford, Maine.

Puritan Medical Products, the company Trump visited, said it will have to discard the swabs, a company spokeswoman told USA TODAY in response to questions about the visit.   

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Maine ’s Democratic governor is urging President Donald Trump to watch his tone during a visit to the state Friday to showcase a company that makes specialized swabs for coronavirus testing. Mills has said she will be working during Trump 's visit.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will visit Maine on Friday afternoon to speak with fishermen and tour a plant that’s manufacturing coronavirus Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican facing a difficult reelection race, will not be joining Trump . "Senator Collins will be in Washington Friday and

It is not clear why the swabs will be scrapped and how many swabs will be discarded. The company described its manufacturing plans for Friday as "limited" anyway – but the disruption comes as public health officials in Maine and other states have complained that a shortage of swabs has hampered their ability to massively scale up coronavirus testing.

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Trump has repeatedly traveled to call attention to companies responding to the pandemic, sometimes with government help. In those cases, the president has used the factory floors as backdrops to convey a message of American ingenuity and production that he said the country has not witnessed since World War II.    

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Maine ’s governor asks Trump to ‘check his inflammatory rhetoric’ on visit. He could always make you ready to jump and go, all the time. Everybody loved George.” President Trump , hailing a dip in the unemployment rate and praising the National Guard for quelling protests in Minnesota, said the

During the event, Trump signed a proclamation that reopened the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts - a marine national monument - for commercial fishing, according to local outlet WMTW. Trump appeared to be delivering a nonverbal message as he raised his fist at the Bangor International Airport.

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"The running of the factory machines is very limited today and will only occur when the president is touring the facility floor," Virginia Templet, the company's marketing manager told USA TODAY in response to questions about the event. "Swabs produced during that time will be discarded."

The White House did not respond to questions about the swabs. 

Nearly a third of Maine nursing homes reported last month they had no nasal swabs to collect specimens, the Portland Press Herald reported. Nearly 61% of those that responded to a Maine Medical Directors Association survey said they had seven or fewer at their disposal.

National shortages of swabs was part of what severely hampered early coronavirus testing efforts. The Trump administration used the Korean War-era Defense Production Act to increase production, which Trump is expected to tout on Friday. Puritan, which received millions of dollars from the federal government to double production, is one of only two companies that make the kind of swabs needed in coronavirus testing.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Maine ’s Democratic governor is urging President Donald Trump to watch his tone during a visit to the state Friday to showcase a company that makes specialized swabs for coronavirus testing. Mills has said she will be working during Trump 's visit.

Trump is expected to hold a press conference at any moment, where he will likely tout the unexpected drop in As mentioned in the intro, Donald Trump will be visiting Maine today - his first visit to the state since becoming president. It is a facility that makes swabs to test for coronavirus , and it is

During a briefing in April, Trump held up a medical swab alongside a Q-Tip that he pulled from his jacket pocket. Trump said swabs and chemical reagents needed for tests were "so easy to get." But in a tacit acknowledgment of the urgency of producing more, he also announced that he would activate the Defense Production Act.

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Donald Trump et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: President Donald Trump arrives for a visit to the Puritan Medical Products facility in Guilford, Maine, on Friday © Nicholas Kamm, AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump arrives for a visit to the Puritan Medical Products facility in Guilford, Maine, on Friday

Trump has traveled extensively in recent weeks to call attention to his administration's effort to ramp up the production of the tools needed to combat the virus. He toured a Ford Motor Co. factory in Michigan, a company that makes personal protective equipment in Pennsylvania and a Honeywell plant in Arizona that manufacturers respirators. 

Those trips have drawn attention to the president's decision not to wear a face mask in view of news cameras, even as the employees and company officials staged behind him at those events do so. Trump has noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend – but do not require – a face mask. 

All Puritan employees, including machine operators at the plant, will be wearing face masks, the company said.

Contributing: Michael Collins

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: As Trump touts increased production, coronavirus swabs made during his Maine factory tour will be tossed in the trash

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