On today’s episode of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’, Tucker details President Trump’s order to acquire masks from 3M with WH trade advisor Peter Navarro; plus, Dr. Anthony Fauci says America needs a national lockdown.
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For weeks through all of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the surgeon general told us that we shouldn’t buy face masks. Face masks are not useful for stopping the coronavirus, they said. In fact, we were told the masks could make us sick, and we need to save them for first responders.
Those two points didn’t make sense together, and we said so last week. Now the government appears to agree and is advising Americans to cover their faces in public. It’s a big change with big implications, and we’ll follow it.
The administration’s mask guidance is a welcome change, but if you read it carefully you’ll notice it recommends cloth coverings over your mouth, not necessarily medical masks.
The reason is that America doesn’t produce nearly enough medical masks. As we have shown, some of the masks we do produce are made abroad and are not making their way to American hospitals.
Jared Moskowitz, the director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, told us: “U.S. companies are telling me that the reason why our orders are being pushed down is because foreign countries are showing up with cash to purchase the orders, and when I told 3M that, not only did they not dispute it, I asked them if they’ve put out any guidance to prevent the behavior, and the answer was no.”
That’s infuriating. Thank heaven, the president just invoked the Defense Production Act to ban further mask exports. He singled 3M out for specific criticism, saying, “We’re not happy with 3M.”
Earlier Friday, the CEO of 3M went on television to deny that his company has done anything wrong and said 3M is doing all it can to fight price gouging and unauthorized resale, and that the company is increasing its production.
Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on April 3, 2020.