Critical US Medical Supplies Prioritized to Foreign Countries Amid Shortages

Jared Moskowitz, Florida’s director of emergency management, appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday to explain exactly why many states in America are experiencing a massive shortage of life-saving N95 masks.

Jared Moskowitz told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday that he discovered that 3M distributors were prioritizing foreign buyers after they refused to sell him the essential equipment.

Moskowitz has been in a back-and-forth with The 3M Company, an American corporation operating in the fields of industry, and health care, and one of the nation’s largest producer protective masks.

“[I] thought perhaps maybe what 3M would finally say to me is that they have masks to sell me, but what I actually found out is even more frightening,” he said. “It is what we expected, which is that the system is completely broken — the authorized distributor can’t tell me a timeline when I’m going to receive my masks, orders that I put in a month — and by the way, the terms and conditions are I have got to pay for my masks and can’t cancel is 3M has lost total control. And so, what I asked 3M is, are they aware they’re authorized distributors — U.S. companies — are telling me the reason why our orders are being pushed down is because foreign countries are showing up with cash to purchase the orders and when I told 3M that not only did they not dispute it, I asked them if they put out any guidance to prevent the behavior, and the answer was no.”

After calling the private market for N95 masks a “Ponzi scheme,” Moskowitz is continuing to push mask manufacturer 3M to sell them directly to the state.

On Thursday, Moskowitz called out 3M in a Twitter post.

President Donald Trump slammed 3M in a tweet late on Thursday shortly after Tucker’s segment, and after announcing he was invoking the Defense Production Act to get the company to produce face masks.

“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.

Mike Roman the CEO of 3M, describes his company’s priorities quite nicely in his bio on 3M’s website:

“At 3M, we use science to improve lives and help solve the world’s toughest challenges. We remain focused on executing our plans, and continuing to deliver exceptional value for our customers and premium returns for our shareholders.”

It looks like their shareholders are in fact getting those ‘premium returns,’ even if it comes in the form of Chinese Yuan.