Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday.
The Detroit automaker is farthest along in the effort to make more of the critical breathing machines. As the talks have gone on, GM has requested the federal government foot the costs to retool the factories that would make the ventilators.
Across all manufacturers, there is a global backorder of critical care ventilators capable of supporting patients fighting COVID-19.
In a separate tweet on Friday, the president indicated he might invoke his powers under the Defense Production Act to force companies to manufacture ventilators and other critical supplies needed to treat cases of coronavirus, which has infected almost 95,000 Americans as of Friday afternoon, including more than 1,100 in Ohio. "Today's action will help ensure the quick production of ventilators that will save American lives", Trump said.
"Now they are saying it will only be 6000, in late April, and they want top dollar", he continued.More news: CORONAVIRUS: NEC at Birmingham to be another field hospital
He then said things are "always a mess with [GM CEO] Mary" Barra and she should "Invoke "P". The two companies announced their plans to move forward shortly afterward.
GM will deploy 1,000 of its workers to scale production of the ventilators.
Watch how quickly MAGA Media shifts from defending Trump for not invoking the DPA to listing it as yet another one of Dear Leader's great accomplishments. An announcement on the joint effort was to have been made Wednesday night, but was delayed. On Thursday, Trump told reporters at the White House that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has shipped 6,000 ventilators to the states.
Rubinson said it's unlikely the US would need that many ventilators at the same time, estimating it will need more like 300,000 fairly quickly.
Bottom line: America needed the ventilators months ago.More news: Italy records nearly 1000 virus deaths in one-day record
Mr Cuomo again emphasised a need for more medical supplies, saying the state's peak is expected to come in 21 days and there is still a shortage of thousands of hospital beds and ventilators.
After Trump invoked the act, GM said in a statement that it has been working around the clock for more than a week with Ventec and parts suppliers to build more ventilators. And Ventec, not GM, is talking with the government.
"You can't go from zero to 10,000 or 20,000 or something like that", Olson said. "So we did activate it with respect to General Motors". It's going to take a period probably through the summer to ramp up to maximum capacity. He added, "GM was wasting time".
GM spokespeople confirmed Friday that their company no longer has any stake in the Lordstown plant. "All the projections say you could have an apex needing 140,000 beds and about 40,000 ventilators".
Critics say Trump ignored early warnings about the threat of the pandemic and had he acted sooner, mass production of ventilators would now be well under way.More news: 'Stop Price Gouging,' 33 Attorneys General Tell Amazon, Walmart, Others