Trump criticizes 3M over mask production
President Donald Trump slammed 3M on Twitter last night, suggesting the maker of N95 respiratory masks was dropping the ball.
Trump Invoked the Defence Protection act requiring 3M to exponentially ramp up production of the N95 mask, a mask relied upon by medical staff across the united states in the treatment of Covid-19. The Defence protection act also requires 3M to prioritize its respirator orders from FEMA.
3M stated that it was already working with the administration to supply more masks to FEMA while increasing its mask imports into the United States from its global manufacturing facilities, including from China.
Where the Company took issue with the President was hen the administration made an additional request that 3M cease exporting respirators manufactured in the United States to other North American countries such as Canada and Latin America saying,
"There are significant humanitarian implications of ceasing respirator supplies to healthcare workers in Canada and Latin America, where we are a critical supplier of respirators,"
3M warned the end result could lead to the net number of respirators being made available to the United States to decrease. the company went on to say
"That is the opposite of what we and the administration, on behalf of the American people, both seek."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that it would be a "mistake" for the U.S. to limit exports of medical supplies to Canada in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Prime minister went on to stress the importance of collaboration saying,
“These are things that Americans rely on and it would be a mistake to create blockages or reduce the amount of back-and-forth trade of essential goods and services, including medical goods, across our border”