‘Big price to pay!’: Trump blasts 3M after ordering the N95 mask maker to boost US production

  • President Donald Trump blasted 3M in a tweet on Thursday night, suggesting the maker of N95 respiratory masks was dropping the ball as novel coronavirus rages across the US.
  • “We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks,” Trump tweeted. “Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing — will have a big price to pay!”
  • Earlier on Thursday, Trump revealed he had signed a Defense Production Act order that requires the industrials titan to make more masks for the nation.
  • While 3M has doubled production to 100 million masks a month since January, demand continues to outstrip its capacity.
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