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Old 28th March 2020, 02:06 AM   #1
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9 days after invoking it, Trump has finally used the Defence Production Act

https://news.yahoo.com/in-reversal-t...l?guccounter=1

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President Trump on Friday ended nine days of equivocating over whether to deploy the Defense Production Act, announcing that he would use his presidential powers under the legislation to compel General Motors to produce ventilators for the U.S. medical system.

The White House released a statement by Trump saying he had signed a memorandum instructing the Department of Health and Human Services to “use any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators.”

In invoking the act, Trump blamed GM for the delays.

“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,” Trump said. “GM was wasting time. Today’s action will help ensure the quick production of ventilators that will save American lives.”
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Old 28th March 2020, 02:48 AM   #2
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Bully for Trump!
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Old 28th March 2020, 04:15 AM   #3
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It's defense, not defence.
We fought a war and won.
Analyze that.
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Old 28th March 2020, 04:22 AM   #4
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Achieves nothing but a publicity stunt. The ventilator project will proceed as before.
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Old 30th March 2020, 05:25 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by catsmate View Post
Achieves nothing but a publicity stunt. The ventilator project will proceed as before.
I work for GM and know people working on this project. Odd how he picks the company furthest along in actually producing ventilators, almost like he plans on taking credit when they succeed.
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Old 30th March 2020, 05:24 PM   #6
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I work for GM and know people working on this project. Odd how he picks the company furthest along in actually producing ventilators, almost like he plans on taking credit when they succeed.
Spoiler warning: Trump is a shameless ******* and yes, he will definitely take credit for everything.
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Old 30th March 2020, 06:05 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by angrysoba View Post
Spoiler warning: Trump is a shameless ******* and yes, he will definitely take credit for everything.
Unless it's a negative. Then he's not responsible. Somebody else is.
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Old 30th March 2020, 06:18 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Disbelief View Post
I work for GM and know people working on this project. Odd how he picks the company furthest along in actually producing ventilators, almost like he plans on taking credit when they succeed.
Cheers for your colleagues.
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Old 31st March 2020, 03:04 PM   #9
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He's already renegged on this.
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Old 1st April 2020, 01:47 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Disbelief View Post
I work for GM and know people working on this project. Odd how he picks the company furthest along in actually producing ventilators, almost like he plans on taking credit when they succeed.
New York Times has the story:
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Inside G.M.’s Race to Build Ventilators, Before Trump’s Attack
The automaker and its partner, Ventec, had spent more than a week figuring out how to make thousands of the lifesaving devices when the White House said G.M. was “wasting time.”
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On March 19, G.M. began collaborating with Ventec, which normally makes about 200 machines a month, to figure out how to make about 10 times as many in that time. Working through the weekend of March 21 and 22, they hurried to find new suppliers that could provide parts in high volumes, said the five people, who asked not to be named because they fear it would further antagonize Mr. Trump.
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On the evening of Sunday, March 22, G.M.’s purchasing chief, Shilpan Amin, emailed Ms. Barr and other top executives to let them know that the company and Ventec had secured commitments from suppliers to produce 95 percent of the needed parts, according to three people familiar with the email.
And what effect has Trump's attack had?
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But Mr. Trump’s Twitter posts appear to have unnerved other corporate leaders. A person familiar with the Stop the Spread campaign said several corporate executives who had been willing to contribute to the effort earlier had backed away for fear of becoming targets for Mr. Trump as Ms. Barra had.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/b...rus-trump.html
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Old 1st April 2020, 02:01 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by KDLarsen View Post
New York Times has the story:

And what effect has Trump's attack had?

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/b...rus-trump.html
Whom to believe?
No contest: Barra.
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