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Donald Trump pledges to send in the national guard into Washington, California and New York as the hardest hit states are declared disaster zones

  • The disaster declaration will provide federal assistance for both emergency protective measures and crisis counseling in Washington, the White House said
  • Trump told reporters Sunday: ‘The federal government will be funding 100% of the cost of deploying national guard units to carry out approved missions’ 
  • He also ordered mobile hospital centers be sent to the three badly hit states 
  • Washington gov. Jay Inslee said the federal declaration was appreciated but added it was a ‘first step’ that doesn’t go far enough
  • California gov Gavin Newson earlier wrote to Trump asking for help
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the federal government ‘should order factories to manufacture masks, gowns, and ventilators’

Donald Trump on Sunday pledged to send in the national guard into Washington, California and New York, as the hardest hit states were declared disaster zones.

The disaster declaration will provide federal assistance for both emergency protective measures and crisis counseling in Washington, the White House said.

Trump said Sunday: ‘And through (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the federal government will be funding 100 per cent of the cost of deploying national guard units to carry out approved missions to stop the virus while those governors remain in command.

‘We’ll be following them and we hope they can do the job and I think they will. I spoke with all three of the governors today, just a little while ago and they’re very happy with what we’re going to be doing.’

Trump also said Sunday he’d ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ship mobile hospital centers to the hard-hit states of Washington, California and New York amid the coronavirus pandemic.

New York became the hardest hit state with close to 17,000 confirmed cases and 153 deaths Sunday evening; Washington has more than 1,700 confirmed cases; California more than 1,700.

President Donald Trump, flanked by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, speaks during a news conference, on Sunday
President Donald Trump, flanked by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, speaks during a news conference, on Sunday

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