The Trump administration donated more than 4,500 respirators to 27 countries through its global aid agency because of the president’s insistence on mass production of such machines at the start of the pandemic and then had an excess, The Washington Times reported.
According to the list provided to The Washington Times by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Brazil received the most respirators, 600, followed by Ecuador and Peru, which received 250 each. Russia and Uzbekistan received 200 each, as did India and Pakistan.
In addition, during his bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President Trump promised to sell Mexico some 1,000 ventilators.
The news is a major setback for Democrat leaders who have continually criticized the president’s response to the pandemic, saying that there were not enough ventilators for everyone and that this would exacerbate the pandemic crisis.
“Not a single American who has needed a ventilator has been denied a ventilator—not one,” President Trump told supporters last week in New Hampshire, a key battleground state in the November presidential election. “We’re producing them now for the rest of the world; 188 countries were affected by this.”
On Jan. 31, 2020, Trump banned people from China, just days after Taiwan did the same on Jan. 23, because of the imminent danger of the spread of the CCP Virus from mainland China.
At the suggestion of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in March, the president used the Defense Production Act and in April got Ford, along with General Motors and General Electric, to produce a total of 80,000 respirators.
According to the Strategic National Stockpile, the United States has 120,000 respirators ready for use should an emergency arise.
The Department of Health and Human Resources said in a written statement, “To date, the [national stockpile] has not experienced a shortfall of ventilators to support public health and health care facilities treating COVID-19 [CCP Virus] patients. If states, tribal nations, territories, or local public health jurisdictions need ventilators and are unable to secure commercial supplies, they may continue to request federal assistance through the established process.”
President Trump told White House reporters in August, “Our nation is now the king of ventilators. I say that, the king of ventilators.”
In addition to hot spots in Latin America and Asia, the United States also donated respirators to the African nations of Egypt, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria and South Africa.
The availability of respirators, the closing of the border with China and then Europe, and the race to get the CCP Virus vaccine before the end of the year were the most important decisions President Trump made in response to the pandemic and perhaps the most difficult in his tenure, given all that was at stake.
According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 52 percent of Americans approve of the overall work the president is doing, the Daily Mail reported. Although these numbers are not definitive and retain a margin of error, this figure implies that the president’s approval rating returned to pre-pandemic levels, and also that somehow the American people were able to see the truth through the negative propaganda of the mainstream media.