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Trump seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators

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His remarks contradicted medical experts and apparently were aimed at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Trump's once again contradicting medical experts and also once again making personal attacks on those who dare question him. He's once again showing he's way out of his league re science. He's showing once again he can't stand the heat in the kitchen. Stand down Donny, stand down.

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More incompetence from Trump. Who wooda thunk.

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President Donald Trump issued an order Friday that seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators for coronavirus patients under the Defense Production Act.

In this case the 'invisible hand' is pretty easy to see, especially when it's armor clad. A few decades ago GM increased its profits making .50 caliber machine guns for the US government. You'd think GM would jump at this chance to get more government 'funding'. What do you call an economic system where government and private corporations have so many cooperative ventures like this.

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What do you call an economic system where government and private corporations have so many cooperative ventures like this.

A capitalist free market.

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Trump's brain is always playing catch-up and he clearly doesn't listen to experts or read anything. Today's action is always something he should have done a couple of weeks sooner.

Like someone who doesn't put out a fire properly because it is "only small" and then wonders why their house is ablaze.

The infection rate is still going to by nearly 20% per day. We could be looking at a million patients by this time next month. That will require a lot of ventilators.

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Don't seek to force . . . force them to do it. Stop pussyfooting around and act like a president. You've wasted enough time already.

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Guaranteed if Trump didn't issue the order, y'all would be complaining he wasn't being a decisive leader.

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Trump has always been a big government buy. If you let businesses raise prices on the products with surging demand, you wouldn't have to force them to produce what the market needs. Companies know what the market needs better than Trump or any government. The reason they aren't producing it is because they have no incentive to do it. You can't increase the output without increasing the cost. If they were allowed to raise the prices, they would've had profit incentive to expand production of that product, and other producers would've had the same incentive too. The supply of the product will increase very quickly, and with it, the price will start falling again. Trump is probably the most economically illiterate president the US has ever had. Even Obama was more literate. Trump has a very nationalistic outlook on the economy. He thinks he can protect it, control it and manage it to work in his favor. That's a typical socialist/fascist way of thinking. The saddest thing is that people will now associate his policies with capitalism, when they are 100% socialist.

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It's not easy for a company like Ford to change their production from cars to ventilators which all need to be tested and certified before use.

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Guaranteed if Trump didn't issue the order, y'all would be complaining he wasn't being a decisive leader.

Indeed. Trump is despised, rejected. A man of many sorrows. For many reasons. Except to his followers who see him as their political messiah. While others just see a very naughty boy.

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Guaranteed if Trump didn't issue the order, y'all would be complaining he wasn't being a decisive leader.

No it's his erratic behavior. Point in case is now he is for Obamacare for CV treatment when his TrumpCare is a complete failure. Also....

Trump says he told Pence not to call governors who aren't 'appreciative' of White House coronavirus efforts

(News source)

It shows Trump of his dangerous behavior. He's playing mind games as the entire US has new CV cases at breakneck pace just because he wants to be liked and have people say nice things about him. Everything is failing under Trump but he still blames others including Hillary. He wants people to like him so much he is putting the whole US at risk. Nixon even said that it is dangerous to hate people who hate you. I'd love to have President Nixon right now compared to Trump. Nixon is a real wartime president compared to the business failure Trump is.

Remember Trumps - the virus does not respond to tweets. It does not care what Trump thinks of it and the virus will do what it does.

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t's not easy for a company like Ford to change their production from cars to ventilators which all need to be tested and certified before use

It will be interesting to see how quickly Ford and the others might adjust after their quants look at potential profit and increased government subsidies. What does the future look like for auto makers, especially those cranking out mostly gasoline burners.

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President Donald Trump issued an order Friday that seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators for coronavirus patients under the Defense Production Act.

And you're about 60 days late Donnie...

Easy to see how this buffoon bankrupted six companies...

Of course that was just losing money - now its losing lives...

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Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

We have just purchased many Ventilators from some wonderful companies. Names and numbers will be announced later today!

12:31 AM · Mar 28, 2020

Probably outbid some state or hospital for their orders.

I saw the governor of Massachusetts on TV last night saying that they keep ordering hospital supplies but the orders never show up because if someone else calls the company afterwards and offers more money, the order goes there instead. That's why a competent administration would coordinate the efforts and stop the "war" profiteering.

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Dyson designed a ventilator from bottom up in 10 days but they would still need testing and certifying. Probably better if Ford works with a ventilator manufacturer.

States are competing against each other to secure vital equipment and supplies pushing up the prices.

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How very presidential, mature and empathetic for the US president to only send help to dying people that live in states where governors only show appreciation.

Trump Says He Told Pence to Ignore Governors in Hard-Hit Areas If They Are ‘Not Appreciative’

https://news.yahoo.com/trump-says-told-pence-ignore-233921228.html

The president's re-election campaign is threatening legal action against television stations in key battleground states if they continue to air a Priorities USA ad alleging Trump called the coronavirus a hoax. 

Trump campaign threatens legal action of coronavirus ad

https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/trump-campaign-threatens-legal-action-of-coronavirus-ad-81229893822

It is quite obvious that all of his decisions are based on the optics that it will present for his re-election campaign. He has no real concern for the people dying in or around the country because he doesn't like a governor for that state.

Is he going to ask for bribes next?

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He's backtracking almost as fast as he's lying this week!

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Well, we've been treated to a whole litany of Trump and Repub hypocrisy over these past few weeks...

First these radical socialist-hating Repubs pass the largest government socialist bailout in our country's history...

Now they champion GM producing ventilators - when if was up to them in 2008 there wouldn't even be a GM today...as they opposed any government bailout (then)...

Hypocrisy - thy name is Republican...

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I love how Trump is trying to sue people who are using direct quotes of his in commercials, and I LOVE how all the news outlets have picked it up and keep playing and replaying one SuperPac in particular over, and over. Now he's flip-flopping again and will soon say, "I never said I wouldn't force businesses to do it, and no I did not say they are already helping. Fake nyuuuuzzz! And I never said this virus was a democratic hoax, even though it is. Maybe I did -- and if I did it's okay! -- but I didn't, fake nyuuuuzzz!"

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Good on the President. Trump/Pence 2020

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100% Trumps fault for not invoking the Defense Production Act 4 weeks ago when the alarm bells were being Rung by the Health care Community.

This is not a switch you just turn on ,

I was a manufacturing planner , from preplanning ,to getting all supplies check off that are needed and ordered and delivered to the Manufacturing site

1- What is the design that is being asked for

-2 What are the components

-3 What are the Materials needed

-4 Who supplies the materials and components , or is new Machinery needed

-5 What is the suppliers timeline? and what can they produce per day , even running 2 or 3 shifts , per day

6- what is the shipping timeline to get the materials and components to the assembly point

-7 is it an assembly line operation?

-8 Is special training needed

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Due to Trumps and Pence's absolute Mismanagement ,of the Crisis

Lack of taking the Coming Pandemic seriously early Enough ,

*They were ,Notified by WHO on January 14 ,

*Intelligence briefing shortly after that they were all told what was coming ( Remember Republican Congress individuals that sold stock )but never informed any one expect their buddies and Rich Donors , they were all read in on the Intelligence Briefing

Trump gets Zero credit

So back to how many Ventilators does a factory make ?

First Ventilators are highly specialized lifesaving machines that need to be built with the utmost care and precision .So you also need trained people to do that and that also needs time.

Hamilton Medical as an example:They make 15,000 Ventilators annually ,

so even though they are increasing capacity they need to get additional supplies , and people trained .

and they are competing not only with other Companies that make Ventilators , General Electric , Getinge,Philips ,Drager all make hospital grade ventilators and in addition they are expensive.

So all of the USA and many manufacturers around the world are all competing for the components , materials and needed hardware other supplies needed for Ventilators.

Remember Ventilators were being asked for and ordered starting 4 weeks ago from the hot spots here in the USA , but even earlier from Europe who was ahead of our curve and in The Virus ,

Plus from South Korea , who reacted with great urgency , since they had a Pandemic Health Unit intact , unlike the USA ,

Remember Trump and Bolton Cut ours ... Pandemic Health Care Unit ,plus made cuts in other Health Related Departments at the same time...

So do not Blame GM , it all falls on the one guy who "Says I am not Responsible", Donald J. Trump the President of the USA

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President Donald Trump said Friday that he instructed Vice President Mike Pence not to reach out to governors who aren't "appreciative" of his administration's efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus in their states.

A true president represents all the people regardless of their political standings.

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Silvafan:

How very presidential, mature and empathetic for the US president to only send help to dying people that live in states where governors only show appreciation.

The article you quote does not say that. Do you want to send help if it is not appreciated? If is not appreciated, they do not want it. I continue to be amazed how people project their imagination into text that says nothing of the sort

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