Trump to Sign Sweeping Executive Order to Reduce US Reliance on China

Trump executive order sign reliance ChinaWASHINGTON—In response to supply disruptions caused by the pandemic, President Donald Trump will sign an executive order in Ohio Thursday to ensure essential medicines, medical supplies, and equipment are made in the United States.

“If we’ve learned anything from the China virus pandemic, it is simply that we’re dangerously over-dependent on foreign nations,” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told reporters on Thursday.

He said the president will sign a broad executive order in Ohio that covers not just medicines, but also medical supplies such as masks, gloves, goggles, and medical equipment like ventilators.

The executive order is called “Combating Public Health Emergencies and Strengthening National Security by Ensuring Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs are Made in the United States.”

According to Navarro, the executive order has three components, which include the “Buy American” order to ensure that government agencies, including the departments of Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Defense, buy American products.

The order aims to increase government demand for U.S.-made products to help create a market for manufacturers to invest and to produce in the United States.

The other component of the order is the deregulation, which ensures the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ease rules for the development of advanced manufacturing facilities in the United States.

This will help create “a more rational and streamlined regulatory process” to address national security threats in a timely fashion, Navarro said.

And the third part, which is critical to keep drug prices down is “to catalyze advanced manufacturing and continuous manufacturing techniques.” The objective is to create economies of scale and scope to help reduce the cost of production in the United States.

Besides essential medicines, medical countermeasures are also a key part of this order, Navarro said, as they are crucial to fight national security threats including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN), as well as pandemic threats.

The executive order also has “an element to combat the trafficking of counterfeit medicines coming in,” primarily “from Communist China,” he added.

The administration has been working for months on the executive order. The pandemic has forced the U.S. government to revisit America’s over-reliance on other countries.

China controls 90 percent of the core chemicals used in generic drugs, which are copies of prescription drugs that are allowed for sale after patent protections on the original drugs expire.

China is also the dominant supplier of personal protective equipment, such as masks, respirators, surgical gowns, and gloves, which are currently in high demand.

During the pandemic, countries where production facilities are located, such as India and China,  have imposed export restrictions for critically needed items. That’s disrupted the U.S. pharmaceutical industry’s global supply chain and prompted the White House to take action.

“At a minimum, we need to have enough production to deal with pandemic and CBRN threats,” Navarro said in response to a question by The Epoch Times.

“We’re a long way from that but we can move in Trump time, which is to say as quickly as possible towards closing that gap and today is a big step towards that.”

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Emel Akan

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S. B.
2 years ago

It’s about time! Thank you to President Trump, and God Bless!

2 years ago

Way to Go!!!
Thank you

2 years ago

Somewhere, I read that you can buy from Canada if cheaper. Where does this apply to buy USA? or is this fake news.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

I can’t imagine ANY other President having the ability to just keep on going in the face of non-stop push back from both sides of the aisle. President Trump loves this country and KNOWS what must be done to save it. Finally, a ‘businessman’ in charge of the largest business in the world.

2 years ago

I love these positive steps that will protect our Country and help our economy grow, as well as adding more jobs. Thank you President Trump for all you’re doing and I’m sorry for all that you are having to endure by the “Socialist” Party. I pray Americans can see through all the lies.

2 years ago

Thank you Pres. Trump for the great work you’re doing in bringing back our jobs from China too. You’ve proven yourself to be one of the best pro-American president we have ever had and along with the silent majority (mostly conservative), we’ll watch you win again come this November.

Barbara Stricker
2 years ago

Best thing to do Pres. Trump..we may notice shortages for awhile until American manufacturing kicks in..but knowing this President…he will meet with the CEOs and get things going fast

2 years ago

THIS IS WHY THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO GET RID OF PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!! The Chinese Communists own the Dems lock stock and barrel. When he is reelected they are going to go into higher gear to get him out of office.Their sorry ass lives depend on it!

Gloria P. Sterling
2 years ago

It’s about time! At 89 yrs if age, I have always tried to shop “made in the U.S.A.”. To my chagrin, there started to be too many needed items one could not find with that label. (Especially in foods, UGH). Just saying. READ LABELS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dean Deibler
2 years ago

It boggles the mind to think that we are so critically dependent on a country whose charter is to destroy us and become the number one world power. This is a country run by a murderous, ruthless godless dictatorship. They have stolen and slave labor built the capacity to destroy the United States and we are falling over ourselves trying to help them do it. There is something diabolical about these people. I know them. I was married to one for ten horrible years.

2 years ago

Bring the manufacturing of Apple products back to the USA. They’re now a crucial item for us.

Dino Deplorable
2 years ago

This evil entity known as china should be totally boycotted by the free world.We know that the slug infested countries won’t do this,but they don’t matter anyway.

2 years ago

US should come up with fair trade with China, and not create one way streets by tariffs,. /we need each other,.

Roger Ott
2 years ago

Mr President, keep up the good work. You certainly have my vote in November as you did last election.

2 years ago

Just as he promised, President Trump looking out for America!
Promises made , promises kept.
Certainly NOT a establishment elite politician worrying only about himself.
I pray that REAL American Citizens work tirelessly to re-elect this President.
I fear ANY democrat Country hating,dividing, liar being elected.

2 years ago
Reply to  Garye

Fine, as long as this does not turn into military conflict. Or would you like to see another fight that nobody wins at.

AJ from Minnesota
2 years ago

We need those jobs here anyway.

Anna McGurk
2 years ago

Thank you Mr. President!

Jeanette Fenton
2 years ago

sounds good so long as our costs don’t go skyrocketing!

2 years ago

Why is this a Executive Order instead of as bill being passed by the House & Senate. All of these people have by elected by millions of people, so why does POTUS keep doing executive orders ?? Seems like these orders have become way to common the last 20-years or so & only represent how one person/party thinks is best for America. Red/Blue states need to bury hatchet & work together for our country.

2 years ago

Trump really delivered low blow today when he said “Biden is against God” . One of Ten Commandments “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”. Now, just explain to me how false news happens from the words of a person not thinking clearly.

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