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Gross oversights, President Trump enacts DPA and extends covid-19 measures

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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, in Washington. Trump on Friday, March 27, invoked the Defense Production Act after claiming that General Motors wasn't moving fast enough to make much-needed ventilators in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet experts on managing factory production say GM is already making an extraordinary effort for a company that normally isn't in the business of building ventilators. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
By Vynessah Dasher/ BNC Digital Contributor

“We’ll do what we have to do and exercise all available lawful authority to get the job done,” delivered President Donald Trump on last Friday’s white house task-force briefing.

Economic restoration is the president’s primary goal, though conflicting responsibilities are putting a pause on any speedy recovery efforts. President Trump extended the countries coronavirus guidelines to April 30 during yesterday’s taskforce briefing.

Shortage of protective healthcare equipment for U.S healthcare facilities prompted Trump to enact the Defense Production Act, legislation from the Korean war requiring, in part, the cooperation of businesses in the production of equipment deemed essential for national defense.

Trump assures constituents, the repurposing of American manufacturers will bring in 100,000 ventilators within the next 100 days.

General motors prompted the president to exercise executive authority. The president goes on to explain that General Motors backed out of an agreement to which the president tweeted:

“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!!!!!!”

This spirit of urgency comes as a disappointment to democratic house speaker Nancy Pelosi who condemned the enactment saying that the DPA should have come months ago.

“The denial at the beginning was deadly, his delaying of getting equipment where it is needed is deadly,” countered Pelosi.

According to the congresswoman, needs are growing daily and there are other matters to address, matters such as OSHA regulations for healthcare workers, family medical leave, and getting protective equipment to healthcare facilities.

“As the president fiddles, people are dying,” the politician continued.

Trump claimed that his administration could not have foreseen the magnitude of the Coronavirus pandemic but studies by the White House pandemic response team suggest that there where proactive measures outlined in an epidemic response project that could’ve prevented many of the current hardships.

The playbook provided by the president appointed national security council, outlined several tactics and key policy decisions the government should take ahead of a potential outbreak.

The project was created in response to 2014-2015 Ebola scare which officials argue, government didn’t do enough in their initial response.

Whether the white house’s failure to the follow the steps outlined in the NSC playbook was deliberate or an oversight on part of the president is not yet clear.