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President Trump: US rebuilding national stockpile

President Trump: US rebuilding national stockpile”

President Trump wants the keep increasing its coronavirus testing capacity - but also keeps insisting that more testing is making the country "look bad".

Trump said he wants to bring "critical" manufacturing back to America and announced that he'd signed an executive order during the relatively short flight to Pennsylvania to require an obscure federal agency that invests in other countries to begin investing in the United States. He said he'd like many of these items to be American-made.

The fact sheet came out as Dr. Richard Bright, former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, testified before a House committee the administration ignored his early warnings about the pandemic that has forced the virtual shutdown of the USA economy and prompted more than 36 million Americans to seek unemployment benefits.

Trump's criticism comes even as members of his coronavirus task force - including infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci - have warned that reopening the country too quickly could lead to flare-ups of new cases and additional spread.

Trump traveled to a factory in Pennsylvania Thursday that produces personal protective equipment where he went maskless.

The president is visiting the Upper Macungie Township distribution center of Owens & Minor Inc.

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The president arrived in Allentown on a campaign-like visit to highlight a US medical equipment distributor that is helping make and ship gowns, gloves and other personal protective gear across the country.

"You know what a globalist is?"

"We think we have a well-defined understanding of 30, 60 and 90 days worth of demand", a senior administration official said.

"Under the previous administration, the stockpile was depleted and never fully refilled".

"So much of the product now is made in the US, whereas in the past it wasn't".

Trump said his administration would seek to have three months' worth of supplies on reserve rather than one to three weeks' worth.

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