According to the president's statement, negotiations with GM have been productive, but the fight against the virus is too urgent for further delay.
Mr. Trump said by working with GM and other companies, he expects to make or procure 100,000 ventilators in the next 100 days. Ventilators, also described as "life support", are not required for all COVID-19 patients. "The partnership between Ventec and GM combines global expertise in manufacturing quality and a joint commitment to safety to give medical professionals and patients access to life-saving technology as rapidly as possible".
During a briefing at the White House, ABC's Jonathan Karl asked Trump, "Are you able to guarantee, to assure these states, these hospitals, that everybody who needs a ventilator will get a ventilator?"
"I've enacted the Act, we've used it three of four times", Trump said, which is a lie, claiming "the companies came through in the end they didn't need the Act".
Trump continued to rail against GM and also brought into the mix in another tweet. But it's Ventec, not GM, that is talking with the government, said Chris Brooks, Ventec's chief strategy officer.
The latest figures released show more than 1,000 people have died from the virus since it started spreading in the United Kingdom. The effort at Kokomo is in addition to Ventec also ramping up production at its manufacturing facility in Bothell, Washington.
The US auto giant will also begin manufacturing "Level 1" surgical masks at its Warren, Michigan manufacturing facility. Production is slated to begin next week and within two weeks, the company should be able to make 50,000 masks daily.
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While Trump didn't explicitly mention NY, he clearly then referred to Governor Andrew Cuomo's comments that the state could need up to 30,000 of the machines. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The announcement came after President Trump on Friday morning lashed out on Twitter at GM and CEO Mary Barra over the ventilators, writing: "As usual with "this" General Motors, things just never seem to work out".
"I don't believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators". But that changed Friday when he said he would use it because of the GM ventilator purchase order.
"Names and numbers will be announced later today!" the president said in his tweet. GM was among that group.
The two companies had announced last week that they were partnering to make ventilators during the COVID-19 emergency.
After Trump's order, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will now dictate how many ventilators GM will manufacture. Ventec describes these VOCSN devices as multi-function ventilators that were cleared in 2017 by the FDA.
"I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first", Trump said of the bipartisan effort on the bill before he signed it on Friday.