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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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R.J. from Arizona
1 month ago

Thank You Mr President! At least there is 1 politician looking out for the U.S.

Charline Bonham
1 month ago

Thank you Mr President. It’s about time we considered USA over China.

Donna Hildebrandt
1 month ago

I thank God every day for a President who looks to give the American taxpayer every advantage! Thank you, Mr. President for your tireless efforts on our behalf!

Paul W
1 month ago

Amen! This is exactly why we need to keep biden, or any dim, from winning in November. leftists are inexorably linked to china–FACT.

Grumpyoldcoot
1 month ago

It is long past due that we sharply reduce or even completely eliminate our dependence on any nation that threatens to destroy us—especially by a new warfare that doesn’t involve the military. We may have to pay more on an individual basis, but its a far less bitter pill to swallow than having to endure job losses and lockdowns that result in scrapping an economy and social framework.

Veteran
1 month ago

Thank you President Trump! However, medical, and pharmaceutical supplies are not the only national security issue. The Chinese have been engaged in unconventional, and unrestricted warfare against the United States since one of their biggest proponents, Bill Clinton, took office. We need to restrict the Chinese from access to U.S. computer, and software technology; and their stated strategy regarding trade, stock exchange, and financial institutions merits restrictions, if not banning cooperation with them outright. China is fighting an undeclared, mostly still “cold” war against our nation and the sooner we treat them accordingly the better. The Democrat declared era of… Read more »

Stephen Young
1 month ago

Perfect!! Why should we buy from the nation that created the virus, allowed it to spread and is now making trillions of dollars selling us the protective equipment.

Joe O’Reilly
1 month ago

Any party or individual who opposes this EO is a globalist shill. Wuhan coronavirus is bad but the lessons from it should be learned. We can count on most Americans and some of our foreign ‘friends’. Just as with the one-sided trade agreements, we need to break out and prepare for the next crises. Failed policies, be they globalist or socialist must be rejected and those that work adopted. As always before, America must innovate and where necessary, change. The doctrinaire allegiance to the failed ideologies of the Left and the meek acceptance of the globalist elites’ techno-weenies must give… Read more »

Dr Timothy-Allen Albertson
1 month ago

Thank you, Mr President.

Francelia Timmermeyer
1 month ago

Thank you Mr. President!!!

GKP
1 month ago

another timely move by the President and certainly for the USA// it is the China Virus that created this problem in our country and around the world//I hope someone tells the idiot Biden that China is a true enemy and not our friend while he and Jill are having tea in the Bunker// Vote for the TRUMPSTER in the fall and send the liberals to the dungeon with (come on man)Biden// he is pitiful// Go conservatives and win it all and move forward with the wall also//

Brenda Blunt
1 month ago

About time! The USA needs to become dependent upon herself. Americans need to stand up and take back what once was ours. All able bodied Americans would be able to have a job and very low welfare.

Jade
1 month ago

Leave it to Trump to do the right thing and always in the best interest of America.
A truly great President.

Geneva Runyon
1 month ago

It’s about time a President starts standing for the USA. US workers will benefit from this as will the people of our country. Now get other products made back here. It would be great to see Made in the USA on most of our products. US companies who take their business overseas for cheap labor should be stopped and we the people should not be buying their products. TRUMP2020!!!

Jim
1 month ago

Be careful, China will fight dirty, and send another virus out onto the world. China is being thought by the Demoncrats, and all our unamerican, nincompoops. Just saying the truth!!!!

Patriot Will
1 month ago

Anything President Trump can do to weaken Communist China’s strangle hold on the US is greatly appreciated. Doing business with China is always a very tenuous activity. Even when things are looking up, China is constantly manipulating, lying, cheating, stealing, and weakening our ability to be self-reliant. It’s a tragedy that our leaders, especially starting with Bill Clinton, allowed ourselves to become so reliant on Communist China for manufacturing and supplies. Many of our political and business leaders sold us down the river just to become rich — all at the expense of the American people. As is often said,… Read more »

Hal Lemoyne
1 month ago

❤💥👍CHRISTrumPence and all their US TRUMPlican Lawmakers US2020Reelected Landslide
Amen & Amen👍💥❤

Michael Ruppert
1 month ago

I think he’s fed up.

Kathleen VanDeVeere
1 month ago

Hooray!!! Can’t even find a multivit w/o ingredients from China.

Sharon Harrigan
1 month ago

AMEN AND AMEN

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