BREAKING: President Trump Invokes Defense Production Act
Speaking at a news conference today with his Coronavirus task force, President Donald Trump announced that he would be invoking the Defense Production Act to aid in his response to the global pandemic.
According to Fox News:
The act ensures the private sector can ramp-up manufacturing and distribution of emergency medical supplies and equipment. The move gives the White House the authority to increase production of masks, ventilators and respirators, as well as expand hospital capacity to combat the coronavirus.
Asked if he saw the nation as being on a wartime footing he said he did and described himself as “in a sense a wartime president.”
He made the remarks at a press conference along members of the coronavirus pandemic task force. The U.S. has largely shuttered many aspects of daily life in order to stem the rapid onset of the virus, echoing efforts across the globe. As of Wednesday morning, there were 6,519 cases and 114 deaths in the United States.
President Trump also announced during the meeting that the Department of Housing and Urban Development would be suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April.
Earlier in the day, the U.S. and Canada agreed to shut down the border, except for the purposes of trade.