President Donald Trump, who excoriated General Motors Co on Friday and invoked emergency powers to compel the production of badly needed ventilators to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, has abruptly shifted gears to praise the automaker. “General Motors is doing a fantastic job. I don’t think we need to worry about General Motors,” Trump said Sunday, speaking highly of the company in two appearances. “They really seem to be working very, very hard. I think I’m getting very good reports about General Motors.” Trump, who has been on the defensive for not moving faster to compel the production of medical equipment, invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) for the first time on Friday, saying GM was wasting time in negotiations. GM had announced earlier on Friday, however, that it would begin quickly building ventilators. On Sunday, GM vowed to move forward and released photos of its efforts to build ventilators at its Kokomo, Indiana plant. GM’s manufacturing chief, Gerald Johnson, told Reuters the company aims to produce 10,000 ventilators a month by summer. “No later than mid-April we expect to be up and running ventilators,” Johnson said, noting the ventilators will need U.S. regulatory approval, significant testing and that the company… Read full this story
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