CLOSE President Donald Trump is expected to declare meatpacking plants “critical infrastructure” in order to keep them open during coronavirus. WochitWASHINGTON – Faced with worries of a meat shortage caused by the coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered beef, pork and poultry processing plants to remain open despite safety concerns.Citing his authority under the Defense Production Act, Trump declared in an executive order that “it is important that processors of beef, pork, and poultry (‘meat and poultry’) in the food supply chain continue operating and fulfilling orders to ensure a continued supply of protein for Americans.”Critics said the forced openings – some plants have closed because so many employees contracted the coronavirus – threaten the safety of workers who remain vulnerable to the disease.Trump also told reporters he would seek to shield meat plants from legal liability if they are sued by employees who contract coronavirus while on the job. While Trump only mentioned Tyson Foods specifically, he suggested his plan would protect other businesses from liability as well. Meatpacking: Tyson chairman warns of ‘meat shortages’ as industry faces scrutiny for worker safety during coronavirusCLOSE Donald Trump tells Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp he disagrees “strongly” with Kemp’s decision to begin allowing some nonessential

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