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COVID-19: Trump To Sell Ventilators To Developing Countries To Fight Virus

FUS President Donald Trump speaks at a press convention on COVID-19, often called the coronavirus, within the Rose Backyard of the White Home in Washington, DC, March 13, 2020. Trump is declaring coronavirus a nationwide emergency. SAUL LOEB / AFP


President Donald Trump’s administration mentioned Friday it could promote ventilators to no less than 4 creating international locations to struggle the coronavirus, saying US wants have been being met.

Trump mentioned he spoke by phone to the presidents of Indonesia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Honduras and promised that the US would ship the important medical gear.

“We will be sending them desperately needed Ventilators, of which we have recently manufactured many, and helping them in other ways,” Trump wrote on Twitter of his name to President Lenin Moreno of Ecuador, which has seen a spike in coronavirus instances.

Michael Kozak, the highest US diplomat for Latin America, confirmed the US was promoting the ventilators.

“We’re seeing our own needs met; we can become an exporter again,” Kozak advised reporters.

“I think in many of these cases that the countries just want to buy them. They aren’t asking us for financing,” he mentioned.

However Kozak mentioned some international locations could use help from the US to make the purchases.

Governors led by New York’s Andrew Cuomo mentioned they have been severely in need of ventilators in the beginning of the pandemic and had faulted the federal authorities.

However Cuomo final week mentioned New York would ship ventilators to Michigan and Maryland because the scenario had stabilized in his personal state — the worst-hit by the pandemic that has killed greater than 50,000 individuals in the US.

With firms corresponding to Ford and Basic Motors switching to ventilator manufacturing, Trump has boasted that the nation as a complete is in fine condition and mentioned international leaders have been asking him for provides.

“No country is equipped like we are. We have 11 different places making ventilators,” Trump advised reporters Thursday.

“Our country, as you know, doesn’t need them now. Our governors are very happy,” Trump mentioned.

In his tweets, Trump praised Honduras and El Salvador for serving to curb emigration to the US — a signature subject for the mogul-turned-president.

Guatemala can be a significant supply of migrants however has briefly stopped accepting deported residents from the US attributable to coronavirus infections.

Kozak mentioned that Guatemala — not talked about in Trump’s tweets on ventilators — was not being punished.

“There isn’t some hard linkage here between cooperation on removals and ventilators. We’re trying to get medicine and medical supplies to anybody who needs them”

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