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Trump: Ford, GM, Tesla given OK to produce ventilators

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE announced Sunday his approval for Ford, General Motors and Tesla to produce desperately needed ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The president said in a tweet that the auto companies will be permitted to “make ventilators and other metal products, FAST!”

“Go for it auto execs, lets see how good you are?” he posted, tagging incoming White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsSides tiptoe toward a COVID-19 deal, but breakthrough appears distant Batten down the Hatch Act: Trump using tax dollars to boost his 'brand' This week: Clock ticks on chance for coronavirus deal MORE, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE (R-Ky.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyConservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate MORE (R-Calif.).

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President Trump signed the Defense Production Act last week which permits the administration to draft the American industry into manufacturing needed medical supplies during a crisis. He said Friday he was putting the law "into gear" but it remained unclear to what extent he was using the order.

White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE said last week that General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra offered to use the company’s factories to develop ventilators. GM also released a statement Friday saying it would enable Ventec Life Systems to increase manufacturing of respiratory care products to help fight the pandemic.

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"Ventec will leverage GM’s logistics, purchasing and manufacturing expertise to build more of their critically important ventilators," the statement reads.

Health care experts are warning that a lack of medical supplies could allow hospitals to become overwhelmed with the growing number of coronavirus cases and ill-equipped to handle them all. State governments around the country are requesting more supplies from masks to ventilators to keep up with the cases.

The U.S. has documented more than 26,700 cases, leading to 340 deaths and 176 recoveries, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.