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Christopher Miller+ Your Authors @ChristopherJM Correspondent covering Ukraine and more for @BuzzFeedNews. Also seen in @RFERL @POLITICOEurope @ViceNews @Guardian. Send tips to [email protected] May. 22, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Top House Committee Chairs to Trump: "We are deeply concerned with recent reports that you are providing critical, life-saving ventilators to Russia when they are urgently needed here in the United States to combat the coronavirus crisis and save American lives." h/t @LoopEmma

"[I]t appears you may be providing or selling ventilators to other countries as gifts or favors to serve your own political or personal interests without any meaningful strategic justification, thorough interagency process, or policy rationale..." 

US sent 50 of 200 ventilators to Moscow yday. The remaining ventilators are set to be delivered next week. They were sent with other US medical aid as a gift to Russia. Total cost: $5.6m. Compare that to the ~$1m aid Russia sent, which included faulty Aventa-M ventilators.

45 Russian ventilators were delivered to New York and New Jersey but never used because of voltage issues and sent back to FEMA storage after they were found to be the cause of deadly fires at Moscow and St. Petersburg hospitals. 

House Committee chairs write in their letter to Trump: "The use of American taxpayer dollars to purchase and deliver ventilators overseas cannot and should not be used as political favors." They want info from the White House about the Russia deal and other ventilator shipments.

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