US President Donald Trump attacked the automotive manufacturer General Motors (GM) because of its allegedly insufficient contribution to the production of ventilators to deal with the corona crisis.
“As usual with ‘this’ General Motors, things just never seem to work,” Trump wrote angrily on Friday in the short message service Twitter.
“Promises must be kept”
The company did not keep its promise to deliver “very quickly” 40,000 ventilators, Trump claimed. He didn’t rule out the wartime law Activate the Defense Production Act in order to be able to influence the private sector more.
As usual with “this” General Motors, things just never seem to work out. They said they were going to give us 40,000 much needed fans, “very quickly”. Now they are saying it will only be 6000, in late April, and they want top dollar. Always a mess with Mary B. Invoke “P”.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
Trump himself is criticized
The president himself is heavily criticized for his crisis management and relativizing comments on the corona pandemic. The previous evening he had expressed doubts about the lack of supplies. “I don’t think you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators,” he said in a talk show broadcast by Fox News.
However, whether the use of the war law would change the situation seems unclear. The manufacture of the required equipment is considered very complex, and the companies are already asserting it working on solutions at full speed, it was said.
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