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BREAKING: Trump Unleashes Full Power Of U.S. Government To Fight Coronavirus
Surrounded by members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, March 13, 2020.
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President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he was declaring a national emergency that will immediately free up $50 billion to be used in battle against the coronavirus, which originated in China.

“We’re taking several decisive new actions in our very vigilant effort to combat and ultimately defeat the coronavirus,” Trump said. “We had some very old and obsolete rules that we had to live with that worked under certain circumstances but not under mass circumstances. They were in place a long time and we’re breaking them down now and they’re very usable for certain instances but not for this.”

“To unleash the full power of the federal government under this effort, I’m officially declaring a national emergency,” Trump said. “The action I am taking will open up access to up to $50 billion of very important and a large amount of money for states and territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease.”

“In furtherance of the order, I’m urging every state to set up emergency operations centers effective immediately,” Trump continued. “I’m also asking every hospital in this country to activate its emergency preparedness plan so they they can meet the needs of Americans everywhere. The hospitals are very engaged.”

Fox News anchor Bret Baier noted: “This is an impressive roll-out by @realDonaldTrump of CEO’s of major companies coming together to fight the coronavirus -while declaring a national emergency. The markets jumped 800+ points since this news conference started. A nation fighting a problem together–IS the message.”

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