President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency on Friday over the coronavirus outbreak, invoking the Stafford Act to open the door to more federal aid for states and municipalities, according to two people familiar with the matter.
When the president addresses the nation live to discuss declaring the COVID-19 coronavirus a national emergency, you can watch it streamed live right on this page. I think the fact that President Trump wants to get out ahead of the coronavirus, is a good thing and shows the calm leadership this nation needs. But what is not a good thing is how people are needlessly panicking right now, mobbing supermarkets and buying all the toilet paper and antibacterial soap like hordes of locusts.
Why do I say that? Because hording toilet paper and antibacterial soap is silly, and people don’t even really know why they’re doing it other than because the Liberal media is telling them to do it. Do you think that antibacterial soap kills the coronavirus? No, it does not. An antibacterial anything doesn’t kill any virus which are not bacteria. But washing your hands is always a good thing, regardless of what soap you use. Washing your hands with hot, soapy water keeps you safe.
I will say this over and over, until people start listening. Don’t panic. This is not the 1918 Spanish Flu, this is not the Black Death of the bubonic plague, this virus is nothing worse than any other virus floating around. Can it kill you? Sure it can, if you’re weak, and have poor hygiene, and poor health, and if you’re old and infirm. Viruses kill lots of people who meet those criteria. But is this virus anything worse than anything else? No, it absolutely is not. Take precautions, watch your health, do everything you know to do…except panic.
Trump to Declare National Emergency to Speed Virus Response
FROM YAHOO NEWS: President Trump said he will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. in Washington. Trump spoke Friday with Emmanuel Macron, the French president tweeted, about the pandemic, and agreed to organize a video conference with world leaders on Monday to coordinate research efforts on a vaccine and treatments and work on how to respond to the economic fallout.
President Trump is under increasing pressure to act as governors and mayors nationwide step up actions to mitigate the spread, closing schools and canceling public events. Declaring a national emergency would allow the government to marshal additional resources to combat the virus, and also marks a symbolic turning point for the president, who has repeatedly compared the coronavirus to the seasonal flu and insisted that his administration had the outbreak under control.
U.S. stocks struggled to hold onto gains on Friday. The S&P 500 rose less than 1% in mid-day trading after climbing 6% at the open, following stocks’ worst day since 1987. Treasury yields increased as the Federal Reserve said it was buying $37 billion of bonds across maturities
Senate Democrats have urged Trump to invoke the Stafford Act and other disaster declaration requests they say would free up more than $42 billion in funding for states available in the Disaster Relief Fund.
An emergency declaration would allow a state to request a 75% federal cost-share for expenses that include emergency workers, medical tests, medical supplies, vaccinations, security for medical facilities, and more, according to a letter Democrats sent the president earlier this week.
Only a few emergency declarations for public health threats have been made since the 1960s, and only two have targeted disease outbreaks, when President Bill Clinton in 2000 declared emergencies in New York and New Jersey in response to the West Nile Virus. READ MORE
WATCH PRESIDENT TRUMP ADDRESS THE NATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS NATIONAL EMERGENCY RIGHT HERE LIVE WHEN IT STARTS AT 3 PM EST
President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, according to administration officials who spoke to NBC News.
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