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Former White House aide won $3M contract to supply masks amid pandemic

Added 05-22-20 07:57:01pm EST - “A former White House aide received a $3 million contract from the federal government to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals in New Mexico and Arizona, some of which now appear to be faulty.” - Thehill.com

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A former White House aide received a $3 million contract from the federal government to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals in New Mexico and Arizona, some of which now appear to be faulty.

Zach Fuentes, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate panel approves Trump nominee under investigation Melania Trump thanks students in video message during CNN town hall Fauci says media will be 'seeing more' of him, coronavirus task force after press hiatus MORE’s former deputy chief of staff, won the contract just 11 days after he founded a company to sell personal protective equipment to help deal with the coronavirus. He secured the contract with the Indian Health Service (IHS) despite having no prior federal contracting experience.

However, the IHS told ProPublica that 247,000 of the masks, worth about $800,000, might be unsuitable for medical purposes, and another 130,400 were not the type specified in the procurement data.

“The IHS Navajo Area Office will determine if these masks will be returned,” the agency said in a statement to the outlet.

The IHS added that it is in the process of verifying Fuentes’s claim that that all of his company’s masks were certified by the Food and Drug Administration. The agency confirmed to ProPublica that Fuentes’s company said the masks were from China, but no manufacturer was specified. 

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