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Fri May 22, 2020, 04:44 PM

The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May

Source: ProPublica


Zach Fuentes, former deputy chief of staff to President Trump, won the contract just days after registering his company. He sold Chinese masks to the government just as federal regulators were scrutinizing foreign-made equipment.

by Yeganeh Torbati and Derek Willis May 22, 4:10 p.m. EDT



Zach Fuentes on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 19, 2018. (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

A former White House aide won a $3 million federal contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals in New Mexico and Arizona 11 days after he created a company to sell personal protective equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Zach Fuentes, President Donald Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, secured the deal with the Indian Health Service with limited competitive bidding and no prior federal contracting experience.

The IHS told ProPublica it has found that 247,000 of the masks delivered by Fuentes’ company — at a cost of roughly $800,000 — may be unsuitable for medical use. An additional 130,400, worth about $422,000, are not the type specified in the procurement data, the agency said.

What’s more, the masks Fuentes agreed to provide — Chinese-made KN95s — have come under intense scrutiny from U.S. regulators amid concerns that they offered inadequate protection.

Read more: https://www.propublica.org/article/the-feds-gave-a-former-white-house-official-3-million-to-supply-masks-to-navajo-hospitals-some-may-not-work

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Reply The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May (Original post)
Judi Lynn May 22 OP
Firestorm49 May 22 #1
turbinetree May 22 #2
HuskyOffset May 22 #19
turbinetree May 23 #24
LiberalArkie May 22 #3
aggiesal May 22 #9
KS Toronado May 22 #12
Corgigal May 22 #4
Hotler May 23 #23
progressoid May 22 #5
rickford66 May 22 #6
NJCher May 22 #7
SergeStorms May 22 #18
keithbvadu2 May 22 #8
aggiesal May 22 #10
DURHAM D May 22 #11
japple May 22 #13
LudwigPastorius May 22 #14
niyad May 22 #15
HuskyOffset May 22 #20
Oppaloopa May 22 #16
JDC May 22 #17
iluvtennis May 22 #21
catrose May 22 #22
oasis May 25 #25

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 04:59 PM

1. $2M for him, and $1M slipped back into somebody's slush fund. (Sarcasm?)

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 05:05 PM

2. And the Navajo Nation is under a basic siege because of this virus.............

Last edited Sat May 23, 2020, 07:48 PM - Edit history (1)

the same people that were the code talkers .........to help win World War II and they get nothing basically from this administration .............

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #2)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:05 PM

19. I think you mean code talkers (NT)

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Response to HuskyOffset (Reply #19)

Sat May 23, 2020, 07:47 PM

24. Wado---------------thank you

corrected..........

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 05:16 PM

3. Gee, it's not like these people are of good European lineage like all good mericans are.

BARF... but you know that is how they think

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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #3)

Fri May 22, 2020, 06:12 PM

9. The irony is that ...

almost everyone south of the border, and I mean really deep south of the border are from European lineage!

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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #3)

Fri May 22, 2020, 06:20 PM

12. Shame there isn't enough original Americans to kick the Europeans back to where they came from

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 05:17 PM

4. Yo, former military members,

seems like someone deserves a blanket party.

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Response to Corgigal (Reply #4)

Sat May 23, 2020, 10:14 AM

23. or accidently slips on some soap in a public bathroom somewhere. nt.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 05:39 PM

5. Good job draining the swamp Donny

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 05:51 PM

6. Indians will get sick and some will die because of this scum bag.

I hope when Biden is in office, criminal investigations will commence about all the profiteering. Be nice if we could allow the Indians to seek revenge on their own.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 05:59 PM

7. not only should the masks come under intense scrutiny

His behavior should, too. He resigned in January, claiming medical reasons. However, we know that the Trump administration knew plenty about this pandemic. This guy was in the White House. He may very well have known what was coming down.

If you look at any of the federal ethics codes, he would have violated quite a number of them. Here's an example:

Employees shall not engage in financial transactions using nonpublic Government information or allow the improper use of such information to further any private interest.

And that's just one. There are many sections that appear to have been violated. Yes, I understand that they were having trouble procuring supplies, and yes, I understand they loosened the rules because they were desperate, but this reeks.

on edit: this is just one of many ethics codes you will find posted at various federal department web sites:

https://www.energy.gov/hc/services/benefits/new-employee-orientation/ethics-fourteen-principles-ethical-conduct-federal


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Response to NJCher (Reply #7)

Fri May 22, 2020, 07:35 PM

18. Nail, meet hammer.

You hit the nail right on the head. This is another of Trump's "best people", and needs to be investigated like the rest of the grifters in his administration. Every damned one of them is a crook.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 06:05 PM

8. "just days after..." - Luckeee, eh?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 06:15 PM

10. I wonder if all the PPE that this guy supplied ...

didn't come from the stolen PPE that governors around the country have reported taken by FEMA.

Things that make you go, hmmmm.

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #10)

Fri May 22, 2020, 06:16 PM

11. My first thought also.

This guy should be hung as should Jared.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 06:21 PM

13. 21st century version of smallpox blankets?

eom?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 06:24 PM

14. Criminals, the lot of them.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 06:39 PM

15. Backpfeifengesicht for that sneering visage.

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Response to niyad (Reply #15)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:07 PM

20. When I saw the picture...

...I got a very strong "frat bro" vibe.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 06:43 PM

16. Why does this remind me of the small pox blankets?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 07:23 PM

17. That guy just looks greasy

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:15 PM

21. This corruption shit has got to stop. So tired of it. Hurry up Nov 2020. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:21 PM

22. Crom forbid we give contracts to establish companies who know how to do the job.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:29 AM

25. Drain the Sewer.

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