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Obama Authorized a Machine Designed To Make Millions Of Masks At High Speed During a Pandemic. Trump Squashed It

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A new investigative report published by The Washington Post on Saturday revealed that the Trump administration received detailed plans for a new machine designed to churn out millions of protective respirator masks at high speed during a pandemic, but the president did nothing.

The plans, submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by medical manufacturer O&M Halyard, in September 2018, were the culmination of a venture unveiled almost three years earlier by the Obama administration.

But the Trump administration did not proceed with making the machine after President Trump squashed the project.

According to The Post, the project was one of two N95 mask ventures — totaling $9.8 million — that the federal government embarked on over the past five years to better prepare for pandemics.

The other involves the development of reusable masks to replace the single-use variety currently so scarce that medical professionals are using theirs over and over.

An HHS spokesperson, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Washington Post that although Halyard’s plans were feasible, no funding was available to build the machine.

Uh? The federal government didn’t have money to prepare for a pandemic, but gave the wealthiest Americans $1 Trillion in tax cuts?

HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, the department that solicited the Halyard design, had a budget of nearly $1.5 billion for 2020, according to an HHS report.

Amid the current crisis, the design remains available, according to the spokesperson, who said, “Implementing this design along with use of more proven mask manufacturing techniques are being considered by a supply chain task force to reduce N95 shortages.”

Howard Cohen, a professor of occupational safety at the University of New Haven, said “it is sad, because we really did see this coming. We saw the shortfall. And there were a bunch of things that potentially could have been done and weren’t.”

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GOP Group’s Stunning New Ad Rips Trump Over Russian Bounties: ‘You’re Either A Coward Or You’re Complicit’

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The Lincoln Project, An anti-Trump Republican Super Pac, released two knock-out anti-Trump ads taking aim at the President’s betrayal of American troops and his racism.

In the video, titled “Betrayed,” former U.S Navy SEAL Dr. Dan Barkhuff unloads on Trump, calling out his cowardice and failure to stand up to Putin.

Barkhuff looks directly at the camera while saying, “We need to send this draft dodger back to his golf courses. The lives of our troops depend on it.” The ad blew up on Twitter getting shared thousands and thousands of times.

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