President Trump signed a Memorandum invoking DPA which directed 3M, an American company that produces N95 respirators, to scale up production.
The Defense Production Act (DPA) grants the federal government a range of authorities such as issuing loans to expand a vendor’s capacity, controlling the distribution of a company’s products, and — most commonly — compelling companies to prioritize the government’s orders over those of other clients. 3M is now producing an additional 39 million respirators per month and would be able to produce 1.2 billion respirators domestically by the end of the year.
Therefore, the claim stating that Trump ordered U.S. manufacturers to increase the production of N95 masks is true.
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