Trump to Issue Executive Order Requiring Government to Buy “Essential” Drugs from U.S. Companies

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Berkeley Lovelace Jr.@BERKELEYJR
  • Key Points
  • The president is expected to sign the order during his trip to Ohio later Thursday, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro said.
  • The order will require the U.S. government to develop a list of essential medicines and buy them as well as medical supplies from U.S. companies instead of from foreign countries like China, Navarro said.

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order requiring the federal government to buy “essential” drugs from U.S. companies, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro announced Thursday.

The president is expected to sign the order, called “buy American,” during his trip to Ohio later Thursday, Navarro told reporters.

Using a racially charged description of the virus, he said: “If we’ve learned anything from the ‘China virus’ pandemic, it is that we are dangerously overdependent on foreign nations for our essential medicines, for medical supplies like masks gloves, goggles and medical equipment like ventilators.”

The order will require the government to develop a list of essential medicines and buy them as well as medical supplies from U.S. companies instead of from foreign countries like China, Navarro said. The World Health Organization already has a list of essential medicines, but the U.S. won’t need some of those drugs because of “where we are located,” he said.

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