Trump used the word to admonish ABC's Jonathan Karl all the way through a press convention after being pressed on whether or not he may just ensure COVID-19 sufferers in hard-hit states can be provided with wanted ventilators. Coronavirus lockdown: Latest updatesThe availability of ventilators has become the touchstone of the nation's preparedness to meet the pandemic as the U.S. became the country with the most cases, recording 104,463 confirmed cases by Friday night, with 1,706 deaths.
Trump also said that he would personally not reach out to the governors who aren't being more appreciative of his efforts.
The president continued to insist that he doesn't think the US will need that many ventilators, however, even musing that any surplus might be sent to other countries.
Efforts to set up tooling and manufacturing capacity at the factory are already underway to produce Ventec's critical care ventilator, VOCSN, according to GM. "I want them to be appreciative", Melania Trump's husband said. "I think we're in great shape". And they were going there in large numbers. We have countries all over the world that are friends of ours, and we will help those countries. It was a broken country in so many ways and in so many ways other than this. The federal government now has 10,000 ventilators in stockpile and is ready to use them rationally across the country. "General Motors, we will see what now they are talking".
In the Fox interview, Trump questioned whether the number of ventilators requested by hospitals was exaggerated: "I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they're going to be", Trump said.
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"Trump's reference to "'this' General Motors" in his tweet describes the post-bankruptcy GM, which Mary Barra has run as CEO since 2014.
"Our joint teams have moved mountains to find real solutions to save lives and fight the pandemic", Ms Barra said, adding that both companies were in the position to help build more ventilators because of the "remarkable performance" of the global supply base for both companies.
Trump named White House aide Peter Navarro as the National DPA Policy Coordinator for the federal government, and called Navarro's position "a very important position, more important probably than it's nearly ever been in our country".
In a statement to NBC News on Friday, Daniel Flores, a spokesman from General Motors, said the company is proud to work with the government.
That won't happen overnight, but GM noted they've been working with Ventec since March 20th.