GM had been expected to retool a mothballed vehicle plant for the production.
The series of tweets came just hours after Trump, during a Fox News interview Thursday night, said he had "a feeling" that the number of ventilators being requested to handle the virus was too high. They said they were going to give us 40,000 much-needed Ventilators, "very quickly", Trump stated. "Always a mess with Mary B. Invoke "P".
He next tweeted that GM "MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in OH, or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!". He latter clarified that's the Defense Production Act which is only something he can invoke and hasn't done. GM sold the Lordstown plant to a company that wants to make electric commercial vehicles.
"We are proud to stand with other American companies and our skilled employees to meet the needs of this global pandemic", Barra said in the statement. "The only thing standing in your way, Mr. President, is you!"
Trump also said the government has "just purchased many Ventilators from some wonderful companies".
Trump has repeatedly called on auto-makers such as Tesla and General Motors to help as officials like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cry out for the ventilators, calling it a matter of life and death as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to overwhelm Big Apple hospitals.
In addition to the 20% salary deferral for white-collar workers, executives are also taking cuts of 5% or 10% to their cash compensation, excluding bonuses, stock options or other incentives.The GM board will take a 20% reduction in total compensation.
As part of this effort, they've created a plan for "immediate, scaled production of critical care ventilators" using a joint supply base with more than 700 individual parts that can be used to build up to 200,000 ventilators.
"I don't believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators", he continued.