Schumer's Office Claims This Is When Trump Decided to Use Defense Production Act

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Posted: Mar 20, 2020 2:00 PM
Schumer's Office Claims This Is When Trump Decided to Use Defense Production Act

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is one of several lawmakers urging the Trump administration to unleash the power of the Defense Production Act. The measure, which was enacted during the Korean War, could require manufacturers to make additional "critical materials and goods." Critical goods like ventilators, which currently appear to be in short supply at hospitals.

Trump was initially reluctant to use the Defense Production Act because, he said, “governors are supposed to be doing a lot of this work," adding that the administration was "not a shipping clerk.” He would only enforce the law in a "worst-case scenario." But, on Friday, the president decided to invoke the act.

According to Sen. Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) spokesman Justin Goodman, it was Trump's conversation with the senator Friday morning that served as the last push the president needed. 

Regardless of when the president decided to use the Defense Production Act, most would agree it's good news.