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Trump Acts to Head Off Key Medical Exports, Calls Out 3M Again

  • President steps up public spat over orders to other countries
  • Other nations could retaliate against U.S., trade experts warn
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Trump Says He Won't Be Following CDC’s Voluntary Mask Advisory
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President Donald Trump said he had invoked the Defense Production Act to ban the export of crucial medical supplies needed around the world to fight the coronavirus pandemic -- escalating a battle with allies and 3M Co.

“The secretary of Homeland Security will work with FEMA to prevent the export of N95 respirators, surgical masks, gloves and other personal protecting equipment,” Trump said Friday at a White House briefing. “We need these items immediately for domestic use, we have to have them.”