Trump Seeks to Block 3M Mask Exports and Grab Masks from Its Overseas Customers

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is seeking to use powers under a Korean War-era law to…

On Politics: How Will the Economy Be Rebuilt?

Good morning and welcome to On Politics, a daily political analysis of the 2020 elections based…

Wartime Production Law Has Been Used Routinely, but Not With Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — Chemicals used to construct military missiles. Materials needed to build drones. Body armor for…

Trump Said He Was the President of Manufacturing. Then Disaster Struck.

When President Trump came to office, he promised a new day with America’s manufacturers, casting himself…

In Abrupt Shift, Trump Cites Need for Ventilators and Criticizes G.M.

WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out at General Motors on Friday, blaming it for overpromising on…

Slow Response to the Coronavirus Measured in Lost Opportunity

WASHINGTON — When Ford’s chief executive, Jim Hackett, announced on Tuesday that the carmaker would team…

As Federal Government Mobilizes, Local Officials Say Response Remains Too Slow

WASHINGTON — Federal emergency response teams toured a convention center in New York City on Monday,…

Trump Bets Business Will Answer Call to Fight Virus, but Strategy Bewilders Firms

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s refusal to invoke the Defense Production Act to commandeer resources for the…

How the Defense Production Act Could Yield More Masks, Ventilators and Tests

WASHINGTON — President Trump issued an executive order this week invoking the Defense Production Act to…

Swabs for Coronavirus? White House Enlists Military to Import

WASHINGTON — Faced with steep shortages of medical supplies to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the White…

Trump Resists Pressure to Force Companies to Make Coronavirus Supplies

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his advisers are resisting calls from congressional Democrats and a growing…

White House Enlists Military to Import Swabs for Coronavirus Tests

WASHINGTON — Faced with steep shortages of medical supplies to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the White…