President Donald Trump has stopped the US face mask company 3M from exporting N95 masks to Canada and Latin America, sensing the immediate reactions of the company and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trump empowered the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Defense of Production Act of 1950 to stop exporting N95 face masks, also known as lawmakers from other countries, to Italy and Spain Except where COVID-19 has died. Exceptionally high.
In a very direct attack on 3M, Trump tweeted that “we hit 3M hard today, after seeing what they were doing with their masks.” The ‘P Act’ is all the way a big surprise for many in the government as to what they were doing – there would be a huge price to pay! “
Trump wants 3M to be manufactured only for the US market, as health workers are complaining of a lack of N95 face masks and other protective gear in their fight against coronaviruses. N95 face masks are known to be more effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 than regular surgical masks.
But long before the first case of epidemic occurred in the country, 3M fired it saying that they were manufacturing enough face masks for the US market. The company said that in collaboration with the Trump administration – they shipped 10 million N95 masks made in China back to the United States for the local market.
3M further said that preventing masks from being sent to other countries would create a “significant human impact” for health sectors in Canada and Latin America, where the company is “an important supplier of lawmakers”. 3M also said that the move could prompt other countries to retaliate against the US because some people have already started doing so.
Canadian PM Trudeau said, it would be a big mistake to stop the supply of essential medical kits to Canada because their country also supplies essentials to the US market for the use of health workers.
“These are things that Americans depend on and it would be a mistake to create disruptions in the trade of essential goods and services, including medical goods on our border, or to reduce back-and-forth trade,” Trudeau said.
White House sources said the trouble between President Trump and Minnesota-based 3M began in March when Vice President Mike Pence visited the company’s factory. 3M reportedly told VP they had 35 million N95 masks for use within the country, but the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, later learned that not all the promised masks were made available to the healthcare sector in the country Gone, and further questions as to the whereabouts of other masks.
But 3M defended that the entire 35 million masks were distributed in the US as the company increased production from 22 million in January to 35 in March. Last week, Trump also implemented the 1950 Defense Production Act to force General Motors to manufacture ventilators for the use of COVID-19 patients after the president said the auto-manufacturer would make ventilators available for the US market. But not working fast.