President Trump said today he will trigger emergency war powers to accelerate the production of medical supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump told Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) he would use the Defense Production Act in a phone call this morning, according to Schumer’s office.
Trump, speaking at a news conference said “he has put the act into gear,” but it isn’t clear to what extent yet that the White House is using the law to access more supplies.
Today, Sen. Ted Cruze (R-TX) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urging him to exercise these delegated powers to the fullest extent necessary.
This is a developing story and will be updated periodically.