This was verified by Snopes and Maxine Waters sent out the following tweet:
Trump, you incompetent idiot! You sent 18 tons of PPE to China early but ignored warnings & called COVID19 concerns a hoax. You've endangered doctors, nurses, aids, orderlies, & janitors - all risking their lives to save ours. Pray 4 forgiveness for the harm that you're causing!
5:05 PM - Mar 30, 2020
I cannot believe the press has not asked Trump about it at press conferences.
“About 200,000 N95 masks were diverted to the US as they were being transferred between planes in Thailand, according to the Berlin authorities who said they had ordered the masks for the police force.”
Using the Defence Production Act April 3 2020 it is disclosed that Trump told 3M not to sell n95 masks and respirators to Canada, cancelling a recent order. Global News N95 Masks and Respirators
Turns out Canada is the only country in the world that makes the pulp for medical grade masks and gowns. Without Canada 3M couldn’t make them. You can’t fix stupid. One American said the US would just make their own pulp. How long do you think that will take? How is America First and only America working for you now? Globe and Mail Pulp
His son in law, Jarrod Kushner is working with the private sector to move things along in defeating the coronavirus. I am not sure but I think I saw or heard that the Trump administration procured millions of masks and only a small portion went to hospitals and the federal reserve while the remainder went to private companies to sell for profit. That may be why the wealthy are able to get testing when the rest of America cannot. If you have evidence to substantiate or debunk this please forward and I will update my blog.
Pamela Hines is a retired CEO of a community health organization and author of The Trumping of America: A Wake Up Call to the Free World