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President Trump Declares National Emergency Due to Coronavirus

President Trump Declares National Emergency Due to Coronavirus

President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency.

The 73-year-old President of the United States made the announcement during a press conference at the White House on Friday (March 13).

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“When you compare what we’ve done to other areas of the world, it’s pretty incredible. A lot of that had to do with the early designation and closing of the borders. As you know, Europe was just designated as the hot-spot right now,” he said.

He went on to say he is now preparing to “unleash the full power of the federal government.”

“I am officially declaring a national emergency, two very big words. The action I am taking will open up access to over $50 billion…a large amount of money for states and territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease.”

Trump will invoke the Stafford Act and Emergency Assistance Act to direct federal aid to areas affected by the outbreak, the New York Times reported.

Trump‘s declaration comes at a time that many industries and institutions have canceled or postponed events and meetings, including large-scale festivals, music tours, schools and film production crews. For a complete round-up of everything affected by coronavirus, click here.

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