President Trump’s PPE Export Ban is an Important Move

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The Point has been repeatedly writing about the importance of an export ban on PPEs and other medical equipment. On Friday, President Trump followed up on other measures with a qualified export ban.

America is at war against an invisible enemy.  Unfortunately, the outbreak of the virus has led to wartime profiteering by unscrupulous brokers, distributors, and other intermediaries operating in secondary markets.  This wartime profiteering is leading to hoarding and soaring prices for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks, gloves, and N-95 respirators, all of which are needed to protect American citizens, including our heroic healthcare professionals, battling on the front lines.

The ability of wartime profiteers to purchase domestic supplies of scarce and critical materials, hoard them while they engage in profiteering and speculation, and then export them can generate foreign demand, and lead to price gouging.  This conduct denies our country and our people the materials they need to win the war against the virus.

Wartime profiteers may include a large army of speculators and warehouse operators operating in the dark corners of our markets.  They may also include some well-established PPE distributors with the ability to unscrupulously divert PPE inventories from domestic customers, such as hospitals and State governments, to foreign purchasers willing to pay significant premiums.

Today’s order is another step in our ongoing fight to prevent hoarding, price gouging, and profiteering by preventing the harmful export of critically needed PPE.  It will help ensure that needed PPE is kept in our country and gets to where it is needed to defeat the virus.

Nothing in this order will interfere with the ability of PPE manufacturers to export when doing so is consistent with United States policy and in the national interest of the United States.

The real problem has been the Chinese and other foreign interests buying up huge stockpiles of protective equipment in the US. And this order provides protection against mass export.

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7 Comments on President Trump’s PPE Export Ban is an Important Move

  1. When all of this flu panic is finally over the Chinese are gonna be screwed.

    MAGA 2016. KAG 2020

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  2. Despite what Canadian Media states the comment sections are full of comments that are angry that Canada does not produce our own stuff and that we gave away 16 tons of PPE.

    I DO NOT Blame Your President for looking after his citizens first. He is 100% Correct.

    Prime Minister Asslicker and his wife were busy touring the world (separately) until the last minute, giving away AID to Africa while telling us we were racist for not going to Chinese restaurants.

    Just Like the Idiots in New York City.

    I hope My country GROWS UP!

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  3. Trump is bad for blocking exports of emergency medical supplies to other countries. Trump is all so bad if he allows the export of emergency medical supplies to other countries.

    Did I get that right?

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  4. RadioMattM
    APRIL 6, 2020 AT 1:54 AM
    “Trump is bad for blocking exports of emergency medical supplies to other countries. Trump is all so bad if he allows the export of emergency medical supplies to other countries.

    Did I get that right?”

    Yes. Because Orange Man Bad.

    But both options would be SUPER OK if Obama did them.

    Because Blackish Man Good.

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  5. PPE vis-à-vis viruses?

    Ship it to em! Make em pay in Gold!
    What a bunch of morons!

    Need any further proof that all this nonsense is political?

    “Welcome back, my friends
    To the show that never ends …”

    izlamo delenda est …

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  6. George W. Bush just took the Chinese 2 Million masks. He should be arrested if he returns, but he won’t. This whole virus thing is one gigantic crock.

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