Trump Says He Activated Defense Production Act for Ventilators After Tweeting 'Invoke 'P''

After President Donald Trump tweeted "Invoke 'P'" Friday, many Twitter users were left wondering what Trump meant by the phrase.

"As usual with "this" General Motors, things just never seem to work out," Trump tweeted. "They said they were going to give us 40,000 much needed Ventilators, "very quickly". Now they are saying it will only be 6000, in late April, and they want top dollar. Always a mess with [General Motors CEO] Mary [Barra].Invoke 'P'."

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"WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? #InvokeP" wrote @shorthair67, echoing what many users of the social media platform were wondering.

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"Oh great," wrote web developer Sean Morrison. "Brace yourselves- he's about to Invoke 'P'. Probably means there's a ton of #covfefe on the way. #InvokeP"

Trump cleared up the confusion by tweeting "Invoke 'P' means Defense Production Act!"

Trump announced Friday that he had invoked the Defense Production Act, which the government can use to impel manufacturers to make medical equipment for the fight against coronavirus.

"We've used it three or four times," Trump said during the coronavirus stimulus package bill signing in the Oval Office. "I've pulled it back three times because the companies came through in the end. They didn't need the act. It's been great leverage."

"I have instituted it again," Trump continued. "We thought we had a deal for 40,000 ventilators and all of a sudden the 40,000 came down to 6,000 and then they talked about a higher price than we were discussing so I didn't like it. So we did activate it with respect to General Motors and hopefully maybe we won't even need the full activation. We'll find out."

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President Donald Trump enacted the Defense Production Act on Friday to impel General Motors to create ventilators to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. Erin Schaff- Pool/Getty

General Motors claims that their commitment to creating ventilators has "never wavered."

"Ventec, GM and our supply base have been working around the clock for over a week to meet this urgent need," General Motors said in a statement sent to Newsweek. "Our commitment to build Ventec's high-quality critical care ventilator, VOCSN, has never wavered."

"The partnership between Ventec and GM combines global expertise in manufacturing quality and a joint commitment to safety to give medical professionals and patients access to life-saving technology as rapidly as possible," the statement continued. "The entire GM team is proud to support this initiative."

Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday he believed more ventilators were ordered by the state of New York than were actually needed.

"I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said for some areas are just bigger than they're going to be," Trump said. "I don't believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You know, at a major hospital sometimes they'll have two ventilators. All of a sudden they're saying, 'Can we order 30,000 ventilators?'"

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN Friday that he had ordered the ventilators in anticipation of the peak of coronavirus cases.

"The hospitals don't need them yet," Cuomo said. "The hospitals aren't at their apex. The hospitals have enough ventilators today, but their numbers are going up."

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