The contradictions of procurement and logistics without using the Defense Production Act and yet claiming to be anti-globalist. This resembles trying to “restart the economy” while endangering lives and building a kleptocracy.
While the Italian mafia is making profit on COVID-19 and the Colombian mafiosi government is decreeing the privatization of the whole country, this is what's happening in México .https://t.co/yETXhsY1bN— MamaCoca (@MamaCoca) April 20, 2020
It’s always been about the money for Kushner as the US builds a COVID-19 cartel economy.
WILMINGTON, Del. — The coronavirus presented DuPont, the chemical giant based here, with a golden business opportunity.
In January, the company convened a crisis team to figure out how to ramp up global production of personal protective equipment, including different suits made out of its patented Tyvek material, which a distributor can sell between $5 to $15 apiece to hospitals. By early March, as the disease began to spread in the United States, DuPont’s factory in Richmond, Virginia, was cranking out Tyvek.
It usually takes up to three months to ship the material to Vietnam, where it is sewn into body suits, and get it back. When the federal government offered to pay for chartered flights to reduce the round trip for 750,000 items to 10 days, DuPont agreed.
Then DuPont sold the suits to a third-party distributor for approximately $4 each, according to company documents it provided to NBC News, and that distributor sold them to the government. The company initially declined to say how much the Department of Health and Human Services paid for 750,000 suits, and it refused to identify the third-party distributor or say how much that firm charged the federal government.
“We actually helped get raw materials supplied from Richmond, Virginia, and we flew that s— to Vietnam, all so that DuPont could sell us” their products, said a senior federal official involved in the coronavirus effort.
For weeks, Trump has resisted pressure to use the full power of his office to temporarily turn the private sector into an arm of the federal government in a national emergency. He and his lieutenants instead have used the crisis to make federal assets and personnel a support group for industry, rather than the other way around, according to NBC News’ interviews with dozens of public- and private-sector sources involved in various aspects of the coronavirus response.
It’s not impossible, it can happen here, and it can get much worse. Vote. https://t.co/PYx7BIW1Nk— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) April 21, 2020
Over and over, Trump highlighted his decision to ban some flights from China in late January before there were any virus-related deaths confirmed in the US – even though nearly 400,000 people travelled to the US from China before the restrictions were in place and 40,000 people have arrived there since.
The CBS News correspondent Paula Reid was having none of it and cut to the chase. “The argument is that you bought yourself some time,” she said “You didn’t use it to prepare hospitals. You didn’t use it to ramp up testing. Right now, nearly 20m people are unemployed. Tens of thousands of Americans are dead.”
Trump talked over her: “You’re so disgraceful. It’s so disgraceful the way you say that.”
Reid demanded: “How is this newsreel or this rant supposed to make people feel confident in an unprecedented crisis?”
Trump reverted to his China travel restrictions but Reid continued to push him on his inaction in February. Trump was unable to muster a reasonable response. It was a case study in how, when he loses an argument, his instinct is to attack the accuser. He trotted out his frayed, timeworn insult: “You know you’re a fake, your whole network the way you cover it is fake … That’s why you have a lower approval rating than probably you’ve ever had before times three.”
I’m grateful to President Trump for sending us a list of federal labs and generously offering Maryland use of them for #COVID19 testing. Accessing these federal labs will be critical for utilizing the 500,000 tests we have acquired from South Korea.— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) April 21, 2020
This is the real #CrushTheCurve and inspiring to see how many countries are capable of achieving it— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) April 19, 2020