Cruz — who has emerged as one of the most vocal members of Congress on the dangers the virus poses — wants the administration to tell private manufacturers to begin making ventilators, warning the nation could soon face a shortage.

“I don’t want to see doctors having to make a choice of who gets to live and who has to die because they don’t have the equipment to save their lives,” Cruz said on his podcast, “Verdict.”

“You can’t build a ventilator overnight,” he said. “And if we wake up two weeks from now and instead of 11,000 cases, we’ve got 200,000 cases or a million cases, it might be too late then.”…

It puts Cruz at odds with the president, whose administration has resisted those calls. Instead, Trump on Monday signaled he might soon back off some of the aggressive coronavirus containment measures in place in an effort to save the economy.