So what the hell? 3M is not selling to the US. Jared Moskowitz is on Tucker Carlson telling how 3M won’t sell to the US.
Hello again. Director of @FLSERT here. I have money, you have masks yet you won’t sell them to me. Stop selling to foreign governments.
— Jared Moskowitz (@JaredEMoskowitz) April 2, 2020
— micBanshee (@mic_Banshee) April 3, 2020
Moskowitz said distributors have told him that Florida’s orders keep getting snapped up by cash-paying customers.
“They continue to get pushed down,” he said, “and when I ask why does that happen, they say because folks are coming in with cash. I say, ‘What do you mean folks are coming in with cash?’ They say, ‘A lot of these factories are in other countries and those other countries are not democracies.’ ”
So this is why President Trump said what he did about 3M in today’s press conference:
Additionally, the president said he signed “an element of the [DPA] against 3M.” That order authorizes the head of FEMA to acquire however many N95 face masks from the company he deems necessary for the crisis. And the administration indicated Thursday that more DPA orders could come soon, possibly related to black market activities.
From today’s press briefing:
“We just signed a(n) element of the act against 3M,” President Trump said in his daily coronavirus news conference on Thursday afternoon. “Hopefully they will be able to do what they are supposed to do.”
Here’s one example of what’s going on with 3M distributors:
Although the 1860 N95 masks should cost $1.27 each, according to a price list 3M issued yesterday, the Canadian dealer was charging more than $7 per mask. But the jacked-up price isn’t what killed the deal. Even the major hospital chains were desperate enough to spend the money. Instead, the group’s purchase began to fall apart when the dealer said that the Canadian military had seized 10 million of the masks and then insisted that the group not only commit to buying the remaining 20 million masks but also to five additional monthly purchases of 20 million masks, totaling $140 million.
Trump orders medical supply firm 3M to stop selling N95 respirators to Canada
U.S.-based company 3M said Friday that it can no longer supply N95 respirators to Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered Minnesota-based company to produce and sell as many medical-grade masks as the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it needs. He invoked the Defence Production Act in order to speed up the distribution of masks.
“The Administration also requested that 3M cease exporting respirators that we currently manufacture in the United States to the Canadian and Latin American markets,” a statement from the company read.