The White House and 3M had sparred in recent days over accusations the mask-maker was prioritizing sales to other countries. Trump invoked the Defense Production Act on Thursday in an effort to ramp 3M’s production.
“We’re very disappointed in 3M,” Trump complained on Saturday. “They should be taking care of our country. And they can sell to others, but they should be taking care of our country.”
Last week, the Trump administration requested 3M stop exporting mask supplies to Canada and Latin American markets, an action that 3M cautioned would result in retaliatory measures by other countries.
“If that were to occur, the net number of respirators being made available to the United States would actually decrease,” 3M said in a statement last week. “That is the opposite of what we and the Administration, on behalf of the American people, both seek.”
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