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Trump seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators

Trump seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators”

Mr Trump had previously said the order was not necessary, because companies were voluntarily converting their operations to help fight the spread of coronavirus, which has now sickened over 100,000 Americans.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, said her state is facing a critical need for ventilators.

Trump's action came just after a series of tweets attacking GM and CEO Mary Barra. GM sold the Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant a year ago to an electric truck start-up.

During a call with Fox News on Thursday, Trump questioned whether some states needed the number of ventilators they were requesting.

He further claimed his administration has purchased "many Ventilators from some wonderful companies", and said company names and the number purchased would be announced later Friday.

GM said the ventilators will be mass-produced in GM's Kokomo, Indiana manufacturing facility with FDA-cleared ventilators that are scheduled to ship as soon as next month.

One issue at hand is that GM doesn't now make ventilators.

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Cuomo appeared to respond Trump's comments on Friday, saying "everyone is entitled to an opinion" when asked about pushback on his projection that NY needs 30,000 more ventilators.

Beginning on Thursday, Tesla announced that its workers will receive masks and have their temperature checked prior to entry, Wednesday night's email said, adding that more hygiene stations will be added and the cleaning frequency of work areas be increased.

The holdup now is that the federal government hasn't decided how many machines it will need, how many producers it will hire and, by extension, how much it will have to pay Ventec.

A member of the Brooklyn Hospital Center calls in the next patient in line at a COVID-19 testing site, March 26, 2020, in NY.

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 auto parts plant in Kokomo, Indiana, to make the ventilators.

"Now they are saying it will only be 6000, in late April, and they want top dollar", he continued. "Really? What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000?" "And now all of a sudden they're saying, 'Can we order 30,000 ventilators?" "Governors across the country are doing great work evaluating the full supply of tens of thousands of ventilators that are available", Pence said.



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