“As usual with ‘this’ General Motors, things just never seem to work out,” Trump tweeted. “Always a mess with Mary B. Invoke ‘P.’”
Mary B. is in reference to Mary Barra, who has been chief executive of GM since January 2014, and chairman since January 2016. In a separate tweet, Trump clarified what he meant by “Invoke ‘P,’” saying he was referring to the Defense Production Act.
The “P” allows the president to “expedite and expand” the supply of needed resources from the U.S. industrial base. Trump has his own way of asking to expedite the supply.
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 Ventilators, “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”.
“General Motors MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in Ohio, or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!!!!!!.” The caps and number of exclamation points are direct quotes. He also called on Ford Motor Co. to makes ventilators, “Fast!!!!!!”
General Motors MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in Ohio, or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!!!!!! FORD, GET GOING ON VENTILATORS, FAST!!!!!! @GeneralMotors@Ford
In fact GM no longer owns the plant at Lordstown in Ohio, but GM announced soon after on Friday that it and Ventec Life Systems will build ventilators at its Kokomo, Indiana facility, with the Food and Drug Administration-cleared ventilators scheduled to ship as soon as next month.
GM said in a statement that it will be “donating its resources at cost,” according to a Bloomberg report. It’s also beginning to make surgical masks at a manufacturing facility in Warren, Michigan, north of its Detroit headquarters. Output will start next week, ramp up to 50,000 a day within two weeks and may eventually get to 100,000.
Last week, GM said it was working with Ventec to produce respiratory care products to support the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
GM also said it would also start making surgical masks as its Warren, Michigan facility, with production beginning next week. Within two weeks, the company expects to make up to 50,000 masks a day, with the potential to boost production to 100,000 a day.
Investors didn’t seem too shaken by the tweets. GM’s stock
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