Is Trump using the Defense Production Act?
As covid-19 cases continue to rise in the United States, some officials say President Trump is dropping the ball by not using the strongest powers he has under the Defense Production Act of 1950.The law was enacted after the Korean War to ensure that the United States has enough supplies for its defense. Today, the underlying issue is a shortage of ventilators for patients and protective equipment for health-care professionals on the front lines. Ventilators can save lives because they allow patients to breathe when they cannot do so on their own.Cuomo, members of Congress from both parties and former vice president Joe Biden, the likely Democratic nominee in the November presidential election, have called on Trump to activate the strongest provisions in the law immediately so that private industries ramp up production of ventilators, masks, gloves, gowns and other supplies before coronavirus cases reach a tipping point that could overwhelm the U.S. health-care system.The Trump administration has given mixed messages on whether it’s using the law. Trump himself says that he’s saving it for a “worst-case scenario,” that the threat of using the law is enough to spur voluntary cooperation from private companies and that he doesn’t want to