Trump admin working on executive order to end U.S. reliance on China for health supplies

(USA Features) A White House official confirmed Wednesday that President Donald Trump is preparing an executive order that will lessen U.S. reliance on China for healthcare supplies, a direct result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S. and other countries get the vast majority of medical supplies and equipment from Chinese suppliers. But when the virus outbreak began there, multiple Chinese cities were quarantined, which led to widespread factory stoppages.

As a result, the global medical and healthcare supply chains were disrupted even as other countries began dealing with their own outbreaks.

White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro said the “Buy American” order would seek to reduce the United States’ over-reliance on Chinese healthcare equipment.

The order is also the result of concerns expressed by senators during their Tuesday meeting with the president.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that during the meeting on easing coronavirus-related financial pressures on Americans, he asked Trump to support the Senate’s “efforts to invest in diversifying our supply chain, especially in pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.”

The order will prevent federal agencies from purchasing medical supplies, including face masks, gloves and ventilators, from China.

China has prevented the export of surgical face masks, severely limiting supplies in the U.S. and countries around the world, the Daily Caller reported.

“China has managed to dominate all aspects of the supply chain using the same unfair trade practices that it has used to dominate other sectors — cheap sweatshop labor, lax environmental regulations and massive government subsidies,” Navarro told New York Times.

“As President Trump has said, what we need to do is bring those jobs home so that we can protect the public health and the economic and national security of the country.”

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5 thoughts on “Trump admin working on executive order to end U.S. reliance on China for health supplies”

  1. Ole’ Ross Perot told us there would be a great sucking sound when we signed those trade agreements back then ! Bring ’em home Prez.

  2. We were stupid and ill-informed but not anymore, we have awoke and now question everything the government tells us along with big business. We are researching to make up our own minds, many of us do not follow the crowd.

    President Trump has changed all of our way of looking at government and fairness, we see what has happened to our schools, the press, and of course our politics and have found much we do not like. We now know we must be vigilant and not to take our freedoms for granted.

  3. Leaders, so-called leaders, of this country have sold us all out. No matter the political party, no matter what group. They have sold us all out. And we can’t see it because we only see things through our tribal political party lenses.
    We are stupid and deserve what’s happening

  4. With all the tampering of medication, the medical equipment needed for various needs the Pharma Co. should have pulled out of China years ago when recalls started instead they turned a blind eye for the almighty dollar & look what we have today. Way past time to pull all American companies out of China and while were at it I’ll throw in India as well. I mention India due to sanitation of water and land. The Muslims that are destroying toilets in homes due to being UN-Islamic aka not a hole in the house floor. Still even with some housing/hotels with toilets people still use the outdoors.

    Bring all medical mfg back to America with the exception of Israel, the generic products produced by Teva Phara are simply a great product if only they would keep mfg products needed.

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