But beyond demanding that General Motors switch from auto production to making ventilators, Trump has been hesitant to use the state to pressure business.
But only one of the executives got a particularly glowing introduction from the president.More news: Costco, Home Depot to start limiting number of customers at its stores
President Donald Trump meets with Mike Lindell (L), founder of My Pillow, during a Made in America event with United States manufacturers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on July 19, 2017. "I want to turn to Chris Hayes, intrepid host on MSNBC", before airing a clip of Hayes Monday night discussing how people can't take Trump seriously with Lindell alongside him at the presser.
"The "My Pillow Guy" was at the Corona Virus briefing today?"
"A friend of mine, Mike Lindell of My Pillow, boy, do you sell those pillows", Trump said of Lindell, who was the first invited to do a say, continuing, "It's unbelievable what you do", Politico reported.More news: Adam Schlesinger Dead: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' Fountains of Wayne
"We've dedicated 75 percent of my manufacturing to produce cotton face masks".
CHRIS HAYES: I personally can't help but feel these daily sessions are bad for the country, may even be risky from a public health perspective. "Thank you, Mr. President, for your call to action, which has empowered companies like My Pillow to help our nation win this invisible war".
But at the end of his remarks, Lindell, who is known for the ubiquitous cable ads for his pillows, asked Trump if he could deliver some "off the cuff" remarks which turned out to be a religious sermon.More news: The T-Mobile and Sprint merger is officially completed
"I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word, read our Bibles and spend time with our families", he added before touting low unemployment and a roaring economy under Trump. Lindell concluded by saying that with daily prayer the country will make it through the public health crisis. Campaign advisors, and possibly even the president, have encouraged Lindell to consider a gubernatorial bid in 2022, utilizing his personal rags-to-riches parable as an engine for electoral politics.