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President Donald Trump announces the National Guard will be mobilized in New York, California and Washington

President Trump and Members of the coronavirus task force hold a news conference at the White House on Feb. 26, 2020. (White House/Released)

President Donald J. Trump announced Sunday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will fund all the costs of the National Guard being activated in New York, Washington and California, Washington, the states that are most affected by COVID-19.

Title 32 allows the governor of a state to order a member to duty for operational Homeland Defense activities. In this case, it’s to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

“Through FEMA, the federal government will be funding 100% of the cost of deploying the national guard,” said Trump. “To carry out approved missions to stop the virus.”

This is the second time Title 32 has been used under the Trump presidency. The first time was in 2018 when President Trump sent troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration after signing a proclamation.

He has also announced that extra equipment will be sent to New York and Washington. California has also requested extra aid “which will probably be later tonight,” the president added.

According to the president, New York received: 444,078 surgical masks, 84,560 face shields, 68,944 surgical gowns, 352 overalls and 245,486 gloves.

Washington State has received: 369,000 N-95 respirators, 507,206 surgical masks, 63,788 face shields 107,850 surgical gowns and 240,376 gloves.

The president also said there is more being sent.


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