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Trump blasts 3M over masks as demand surges


President Donald Trump is criticizing 3M over N95 respirator masks as the company revealed demand is “much higher” than its ability to make them during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a tweet Thursday night, Trump said 3M “will have a big price to pay” over mask production.

“We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks,” Trump wrote. “‘P Act’ all the way. Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing.”

Earlier Thursday, the White House invoked the Defense Production Act to acquire more masks with N95 respirators from 3M.

In a statement posted Friday, 3M said the White House formally invoked the act to prioritize N95 orders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The company also said it has gone “above and beyond” to make enough respirators available in the U.S.

“We look forward to working closely with the Administration to implement yesterday’s DPA order,” 3M said. “We will continue to maximize the amount of respirators we can produce on behalf of U.S. healthcare workers, as we have every single day since this crisis began.”





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