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WASHINGTON — Egged on by a group of pharmaceutical executives, President Trump grimaced as he worked a lever with two hands, his signature red tie askew, to concentrate nearly 1,000 pounds of force on a pressure point below. But the glass vial the president intended to break held firm, despite the efforts of the leader of the free world — and that, of course, was the point.

“Really, come on,” Wendell Weeks, Corning’s CEO, told Trump. “It’s not a test of manhood.”

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