Trump declares a national emergency on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Epidemic
- Washington District of Columbia, US
At the 12 o'clock hour Trump announced a national emergency against the COVID-19 Coronavirus epidemic.
Speaking from the Rose Garden, Trump said, "I am officially declaring a national emergency." He said the emergency would open up $50 billion for state and local governments to respond to the outbreak.
Trump said he was also giving Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar emergency authorities to waive federal regulations and laws to give doctors and hospitals "flexibility" in treating patients. Trump spoke as negotiations continue between the White House and Congress on an aid package, but there was no announcement of a breakthrough, as House Democrats prepare to vote on their own measure Friday.
By: MLWA 7 & AP