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Trump Invokes Defense Act, Requiring GM to Produce Ventilators for Hospitals

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President Trump has signed a presidential memorandum giving the federal government “any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act” to force General Motors to make ventilators for hospitals struggling with the influx of COVID-19 patients.

Trump revealed that negotiations with GM had been somewhat productive but did not move at the speed he desired, given the unprecedented nature of the crisis. (Washington Times)

Mr. Trump had invoked the Defense Production Act for leverage over U.S. companies some time ago. Yet he hadn’t been forcing industries to make anything, saying they’d come forward on their own.

The president said he ran out of patience with GM, an automaker, as it shifted its efforts toward the coronavirus.

“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 give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course,” Mr. Trump said. “GM was wasting time. Today’s action will help ensure the quick production of ventilators that will save American lives.”

Ventilators, which help people breathe, are vital to the coronavirus response since the virus causes respiratory distress.

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TPS
TPS
4 months ago

If gm was not responding, President Trump did what was necessary. And they should be ashamed for not stepping up on their own. gm got a bailout but now that it’s time for them to help they need to be nudged.

T
T
4 months ago
Reply to  TPS

I couldn’t have said it better.

A. D Roberts
3 months ago
Reply to  T

I like Trump and don’t like GM. Last GM car I bought was in 78. However, here in Dallas as the CORONA peaks, the hospitals are only using 38% of the ventilators they have.
Folks, we have been conned. They keep putting out statements of how many hundreds of thousands they are SURE are going to doe. And now, when it is time to back down on the CLOSED BUSINESSES, WHAT do they do? They start to cry about how terrible it will be if we open things up TOO SOON.
Every effort they put out is designed to destroy our economy. They are desperate to keep it shut down.
Here is fact. Corona a like a bad cold. Of those who get the virus, only 5% will wind up in the hospital. Of those only 2% will die.
This is not about saving lives but about destroying our economy.

Allen Morgan
Allen Morgan
4 months ago
Reply to  TPS

Well thought out and balanced. Thank you.

Nancy
4 months ago
Reply to  TPS

The government has bailed them out more than once. They should be ready and willing to help
in this emergency.

John Kellerman
4 months ago
Reply to  TPS

Another good reason for our family not to ever buy another GM product.

Janet Williamson
4 months ago

Good for him and shame on GM for their actions. WTH is wrong with them?

Bud Semrau
Bud Semrau
4 months ago

Mary stopped the production of the very popular Chevy Impala .. and now she finds it necessary to also not supporting a very necessary health item … shame shame on her.

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

Now invoking the act is a good thing but puting it into use another thing that has not happened and unlikely to happen. Now GM is not in the ventelator business aqnd it would cost them a billion to retool for that why not put the pressure on the companies who make the ventelators to up production and the same with the face masks.
Talking is Trump’s strong point actually doing it is not, Trump knpows the vast majority of those effected and dying are in the minority, and low pay range, so he could care less becsause they probably vote Democrat.

Kim
Kim
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Just an educated guess, but if a company is already at max output, there’s no way to “up production.” GM needs to convert production as it has unused capacity.

Lisa
Lisa
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Another pathetic comment from a liberal. GM is not going to be out any money and you know it. There is such a need for ventilators that those companies that produce can’t make enough, fast enough Einstein. You have no idea what income level all these people are that are sick but as a liberal you just make up your own facts. Trump does care he cares a lot more than that pos Obama ever did.

Michael davidson
Michael davidson
4 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

Exactly Lisa

John Kelllerman
4 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

So right there Lisa.

Larry keep
Larry keep
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Negative a$$ >wipe democrap. Thanks

Spike
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert

I would venture to say GM could produce ventilators. However ,masks ,gowns and gloves are like many of our medicines out sourced to the lowest bidder. We need to bring back these critical items to American factories. It may cost more but our health is worth it.

Original Anna
Original Anna
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Robert: Actually GM is already making the ventilators. The hassle was over money, money, money. Possibly money gouging, I think it’s called. GM killed my Impala. I was going to buy another Impala. My Impala which is in perfect running condition at the age of eleven and I got told, “I’m sorry, GM isn’t making the Impala any more.” Well, I am still seeing many Impalas in store and mall parking lots with my eleven year old Impala baby. What kind of decisions is GM making these days?

steveo
steveo
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert

really! so where did you get this billion dollar sum at?it cost less than that to retool for a new model.so please let us know where we can find that info as we’re waiting!maybe we should withhold their loan money and that might get a quick response!

Zoan
Zoan
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Your first paragraph is right on the money. Your second paragraph is fantasy.

Joyce
Joyce
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Fr
Ford stepped right up and they are not in the ventilator business
either. We didn’t bail Ford out either but GM management is so bad we bailed them out twice and they still went bankrupt. Lousy company. I didn’t think we should bailed them out the first time.

Truckman
Truckman
3 months ago
Reply to  Joyce

I am with you joyce ford stepped right no problem but gm were dragging there feet wanting more money after we bailed them twice and they still crapped on the american worker heck toyota and nissan are more American than gm anymore Trump did what he needed to do and made gm do it

John Kelllerman
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Robert sounds like a deranged liberal lunatic.

Tim Lindsay
Tim Lindsay
3 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Does “Robert” mean “ignorant Jack Ass” in French? Oy vey!

Richard
Richard
4 months ago

It does not surprise me that GM might do this. After Obama gave GM to the Auto Workers Union a few years ago. I received a statement that GM would not repay me for a $20,000;00
Bond that they owe me for , but it would become available (due and payable ) in 40 (YEARS). Me being 83 years old, what is the chance that i will ever see that monies that was part of my retirement livelihood. Also, my Children are in their 60’s…. Thanks GM !!!

ProfRGP
ProfRGP
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard

You can sell the bond (there’s a active bond market) or plan to live to 123, whichever is easier for you.

ProfRGP
ProfRGP
4 months ago
Reply to  ProfRGP

Make that “an active bond market.” Curiously, there’s no “edit” button here to correct typos, etc.

tracker1
tracker1
4 months ago
Reply to  ProfRGP

Sure. At about 50 cents on the dollar

Joyce
Joyce
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard

They are not going to repay my bonds at all.

Stephane
4 months ago

GM: DEMON-RATS who take the money but NEVER payback and NEVER volunteer.
Grifter Marauder: good names for those worthless thieves.

Spike
4 months ago
Reply to  Stephane

Dont buy another Gm product. I I don’t. They drove the auto industries prices way up and then ask for a bailout cause the average american cant afford their products.

Stephen
Stephen
4 months ago
Reply to  Spike

And then moved a large portion of their production to China. F’ them!

Don
Don
4 months ago

This gets it done faster, but most of all, in favor of GM, they get a guarantee they will get paid for everything they do.

Moe
4 months ago

General Motors said they could make the respirators like a 100,000 but now say only 6,000 and jacked the price to a skyrocket level. They broke their word and are trying to cheat the American people to make a huge profit for making far less pieces. Trump must lay out everything they did to screw us during this time of need. Trump is being blackmailed to get things they promised to make for less.

Terry
4 months ago

Boycott GM products! Shame on them!

Cowboy2
Cowboy2
4 months ago

TPS and Terry are exactly correct. For those who purchase GM products, please remember GM did NOT quickly step up when needed during a national and worldwide health emergency.

Sfsoldier64
Sfsoldier64
4 months ago

Make GM pay back all the tax payers money they got during the bailout!!! With interest!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
4 months ago

Gmail should never have said they would create ventilators if they did not intend to do so. I am proud that he stood up for the country. He’s a good businessman as well as president.

Paul
Paul
4 months ago

When this is over, the public should remember who stepped up to the plate to take a swing and who stood there scratching their crotch.

James W Morgan
4 months ago

After looking at that map on the virus in different states, I’m sure glad I am not in a democratic state.. Seems most of them are all in the RED..

A. Ramirez
4 months ago

Instead of signing the CARES bill with all the pork, why didn’t President Trump pass his own bill with an executive order?

steveo
steveo
4 months ago
Reply to  A. Ramirez

because he’s not authorized to spend one red cent.it’s the congress that has to approve spending!

DC
DC
4 months ago

What we got out of the last GM bailout: out of sight pricing on new vehicles.

gary vogt
gary vogt
4 months ago

GM needs their ass busted. They want bailout money (don’t care what people call it) and then tell the taxpayers to stick it. GM can GFTS

Simeon
Simeon
4 months ago

If POTUS puts the top DPAS Rating on this the army will be there in the plant, even running the machines. That’s what happens when you accept classified work and submit binding offers on solicitations. In the end its

GM stole our retirement
GM stole our retirement
3 months ago

GM stole retirees stock when they filed for bankrupsy last time then big shots got millions during QE bailouts! Let them sink this time! No more handouts to GM crooks! No one talks about what they did to the retirees! Could not have cared less that they worked 35-40 years to have stock disappear and never even sent a notice or letter to notify them. Fat bastards behind a big desk got their payout however!