President Donald Trump declared a national emergency against the rapidly spreading coronavirus on Friday, opening the door to approximately $ 50 billion in federal aid to fight the disease.
Trump made the announcement at a press conference on Rose Garden as he fought to show Americans that he was actively attacking the virus after appearing to minimize the threat for weeks.
Trump has declared that he is declaring a national emergency in order to “release the full power of the federal government.” He urged each state to establish emergency centers to help fight the virus.
Pressure mounts for Trump to declare an infectious disease emergency under the 1988 law that would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide disaster funding to state and local governments and deploy teams of support. Power is rarely used. Former President Bill Clinton declared in 2000 such an emergency for the West Nile virus.
“To release the full power of the federal government in this effort today, I am officially declaring a national emergency. Two very bad words. The action I am taking will open access to up to $ 50 billion – a very large amount important and very important for states and territories or localities in our common fight against this disease, “he said.
Trump said the federal government is working in partnership with the private sector to speed up the production of test kits to make them more widely available to Americans.
He said there would be around 5 million coronavirus tests available, but doubted that many were needed. He urged Americans to seek the test only if they feel they need it.
“We don’t want people to get tested if we think they shouldn’t and we don’t want everyone to get exhausted and take it – only if you have certain symptoms,” he said. declared.
Alongside Trump was Anthony Fauci, the National Institutes of Health expert who is part of Trump’s coronavirus task force.
“We still have a long way to go. There will be many more cases. But we will deal with it,” said Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert. “What is going on here today will help it end sooner than it would have done.”