Trump Invokes Defense Production Act to Fight Coronavirus Outbreak

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President Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act on Friday, an emergency wartime tool to accelerate the production of medical supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

On the Friday morning call, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urged the president to immediately invoke the act to get more necessarily medical equipment to people who need it, especially in places like New York, who became the worst-hit state, with more than 7,000 confirmed cases as of Friday morning.

Trump assured Schumer he would and then “yelled to someone in his office to “Do it now.”