Trump Bets Business Will Answer Call to Fight Virus, but Strategy Bewilders Firms
It remains unclear if the effort to enlist companies like General Motors, Apple and Hanes constitutes an effective strategy.
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the heads of major corporations have lobbied the administration against using the act.” Times buries the lede here. Trump, Kudlow and the
have blood not just on their hands, but up to their armpits.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the heads of major corporations have lobbied the administration against using the Defense Production Act. Trump and Larry Kudlow, as well as Jared Kushner, were persuaded by those arguments, administration officials said.
“Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has thrown out the established government plan for dealing with pandemics, after concluding it was insufficient because it never envisioned a pandemic of this breadth”
Pres Trump’s refusal to invoke the Defense Production Act to commandeer resources is based on a bet that he can cajole the nation’s manufacturers to come together in a market-driven, if chaotic, consortium in time to abate a crisis
Ah, now I understand why Trump hasn't invoked the Defense Production Act (which would compel companies to make what's needed).
This explains Trump's bizarre stance on the Defense Production Act: he claims he has invoked it but also has not actually used it. Which is like a fire breaking out in your kitchen and yelling at it, "I invoke a fire extinguisher!"
The federal government's complete abdication of responsibility in the face of this crisis stuns me anew every night.
Trump is acting as if private companies can rescue the US from the coronavirus crisis. He wants to set limits on the government’s role. But so far, there is only chaos. By
So the richest, most powerful nation on earth is now making masks out of [checks notes] underwear fabric, which [checks notes] doesn't actually offer much protection against the coronavirus. #COVID19
the president is so outmatched for this crisis he can't even do his favorite thing: pretend to be the big dealmaking business guru.
Peter S. Goodman
extraordinary that Navarro, who cited national security to justify tariffs on Canadian steel, who used federal authority to refashion global supply chain now warns against “heavy hand of government” to mobilize factories to make medical gear in pandemic
OMG! “Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has thrown out the established government plan for dealing with pandemics.”
“Rear Adm. John Polowczyk has been plucked from the staff of the Joint Chiefs, where he is a senior officer for military logistics, to run the effort to build a supply chain. And Peter Navarro,the White House trade adviser, is also playing a leading role.”
US Chamber of Commerce & heads of major corporations have lobbied the administration against using Defense Production Act, saying it could impose red tape on companies precisely when they need flexibility to deal with closed borders and shuttered factories
Welcome to the ad hoc — aka hapless — pandemic response via
It also bewilders the rest of us via
Daniel W. Drezner
I’ll believe that Jared Kushner is growing into his role as a White House staffer when he stops replacing concrete plans with meaningless business jargon.
When Arthur Miller wrote “All my Sons”, based on episodes of life and death business corruption during WW2, the scandal was in the lies, coverup and criminality. Now we can read about the president’s
treachery in real time. Obscene.
Daniel W. Drezner
This administration is running so smoothly.
Michael D. Kennedy
Trump heeds corporate leaders' pap rather than provide what health care providers need to do THEIR jobs.
for pointing out this state capture in resisting possibilities through the Defense Production Act. #TrumpMadeCovid19Worse
"Jared Kushner, has thrown out the established government plan for dealing with pandemics" "widespread confusion" .