Key Highlights

  • Trump calls up National Guard in 3 states to help combat coronavirus
  • Trump administration emphasizes deployment of Guard is NOT martial law
  • State governors to retain control of National Guard

Calling the coronavirus as serious as a “war,” President Trump activated the National Guard in New York Washington state and California as a way to combat the spread of COVID-19. Trump emphasized that the states’ governors would have command of the Guardsmen but that FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) would cover all costs related to the Guard’s response missions to the virus outbreak and spread.

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Trump said,” We’re dealing also with other states. These (three) states have been hit the hardest.”

Echoing the words and stances of New York State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City’s Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Trump said, “I’m a wartime president. This is a war – a different kind of war than we’ve ever had.”

New York State, Washington State and California have been the hardest hit states in the country and each of those states have enacted the most proactive policies in hope of getting ahead of the patient counts swelling three-fold every other day. Earlier in March, Governor Cuomo deployed the National Guard to New Rochelle, a suburb outside of NYC with an extremely large cluster of COVID-19 cases.

Washington State has already acquired vacant motels to be repurposed hospital spaces and is now building temporary hospital facilities on empty soccer fields. New York State is repurposing the Javits Convention Center and Madison Square Garden for additional overflow facilities for patients and California is taking similar action to complement the military’s deployment of hospital ships to the coasts of CA and NY for additional bed space.

Thanks to HousingWire’s Emma Newburger.

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