Greg Sargent has this column up in today’s WaPo: The big question looming over Trump’s coronavirus disaster
Why is it falling to Democrats to beg, cajole and try to force President Trump into taking numerous specific steps he should be taking himself, right now, to avert untold numbers of preventable American deaths?
(It’s also some Republicans, let’s be clear, including Ted Cruz and Liz Cheney.) In particular:
Trump has invoked this 1950 wartime production measure [the Defense Protection Act] but has not deployed it. Numerous states and health officials are pleading with him to do so, warning of severe equipment shortages crippling their own responses.
Well, one answer might be from this article in the NYT on March 22: Trump Bets Business Will Answer Call to Fight Virus, but Strategy Bewilders Firms
Yet, in declining to actually make use of the Korean War-era production act that he invoked last week, Mr. Trump is also avoiding taking personal responsibility for how fast the acute shortages of personal protective gear and lifesaving equipment are addressed. [emphasis added]