Mere months after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed President Donald Trump was a threat to national security, the Democratic leader is practically begging Trump to take on emergency powers intended for presidents at war.
Pelosi made the appeal to Trump in a Thursday statement, imploring him to invoke the Defense Production Act to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Right now, shortages of critical medical and personal protective equipment are harming our ability to fight the coronavirus epidemic, endangering frontline workers and making it harder to care for those who fall ill,” Pelosi wrote.
“The President must immediately use the powers of the Defense Production Act to mass produce and coordinate distribution of these critical supplies, before the need worsens and the shortages become even more dire.”
The Defense Production Act, enacted in 1950, gives the president the ability to directly influence industrial capacity and direction for national defense.
While it was written during the Cold War in anticipation of major conflicts, the act will now be used to meet the COVID-19 outbreak head-on.
Pelosi’s demand comes after worries that the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus could swamp U.S. hospitals and stress medical infrastructure.
A nationwide shortage of medical masks, hand sanitizer and gloves have underscored the supply chain’s weaknesses during the current pandemic.
The speaker stressed the importance of Trump’s immediate action.
“There is not a day to lose,” Pelosi wrote. “We must put more testing, more protective equipment and more ventilators into the hands of our frontline workers immediately.”
Judging by the leading Democrat’s words, she appears to have full faith in the president’s responsible use of authority.
But the begging from Pelosi, who was a central figure in the attempt to remove Trump from office, runs contrary to a position she held shortly before COVID-19 appeared on the scene.
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