Soccer fans in Spain wear 3M face masks earlier this year. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump slammed 3M Co. in a tweet after announcing he was invoking the Defense Production Act to get the company to produce face masks — an attack prompted by the company refusal to divert millions of its masks to the U.S. from other markets.

"We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. ‘P Act’ all the way.’ Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing – will have a big price to pay!" Trump said on Twitter late Thursday.

3M refused to send 10 million N95 respirator masks from it Singapore hub to the U.S., Financial Times reported Friday, citing an unidentified person with direct knowledge of the matter.

3M responded that it has increased production of respirator masks significantly and was already working with the administration to prioritize orders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The latest actions offer a framework to “expand even further the work we are doing in response to the global pandemic crisis,” 3M said.

“We’ve been in constant discussions” with the administration, 3M Chief Executive Officer Mike […]


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