Bringing our Supply Chains Back Home
President Trump has been vocal since the eighties about his disproval of trade policies that have allowed other countries to rip off the United States. The coronavirus pandemic has brought the problems of the decades-long practice of offshoring our supply chains to the forefront.
China’s negligence and lies about the severity of the coronavirus contagion left the world reeling to contain and respond to the virus. China’s lies bought them time to hoard the medical supplies that they needed to respond to the pandemic. All the while, they shipped defective PPE and testing kits to countries in need around the globe. Now more than ever, we cannot underestimate the threat that China poses to America and President Trump is working to ensure that the health, safety, and livelihoods of Americans and the national security of our great country is never compromised again.
Let’s explore some of the ways that President Trump has mobilized the American industry to combat the coronavirus:
- President Trump enacted the Defense Production Act to spur unprecedented private sector action to produce the supplies, like ventilators needed for coronavirus response. Because of this action, every American who needs a ventilator has one.
- Under President Trump’s leadership, companies across America are repurposing their facilities to help respond to the coronavirus. Honeywell, for example, hired 500 workers in Phoenix and 500 in Rhode Island to help produce more than 20 million N95 masks.
- President Trump worked with 3M to secure a deal for the creation of over 166.5 million masks over the next few months.
- President Trump used the Defense Production Act to help General Motors increase their ventilator production.
- The Trump administration has cut federal red tape to accelerate the development of new therapies and potential vaccines for companies like Johnson & Johnson.
- President Trump directed the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation to offer financial assistance to industries producing resources to combat the coronavirus and to invest only in projects that move key industries away from our strategic competitors.
Washington has spent years turning a blind eye to China’s predatory trade practices, and Americans were forced to pay the price; but since the first day President Trump took office, he has worked swiftly to bring American jobs and supply chains back home. He implemented “Buy American” laws to promote American industry, he’s enacted tariffs to protect American manufacturers and has taken a stand for American workers.
And now amid the coronavirus, President Trump has worked to ensure that deficiencies in our nation’s stockpile and supply chain are addressed. Before the pandemic, less than half of PPE was manufactured in North America, but President Trump has taken decisive action to cut regulations and ensure that American manufacturers have access to resources and funds that they need to increase domestic production.
Americans should never have to rely on a foreign competitor for essential medical supplies. Thanks to President Trump, the era of offshoring essential industry is over-- essential medicine, supplies, and equipment will be manufactured and produced right here in America.