U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is activating a war-time law that allows him to more directly mandate the production of the private sector as the U.S. seeks to combat the spread of the new coronavirus. 

Trump said he will “be invoking” the Defense Production Act, a 1950 war powers act originally signed into effect at the onset of the Korean War, “in case we need it.”

It gives the president broad authorities to direct private firms to produce certain goods needed for the national defense in an effort to increase the necessity of producing goods that are

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