Trump: Major Disaster Declaration Approved for NY, Washington State

California is next, president announces
March 22, 2020 Updated: March 22, 2020
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President Donald Trump on Sunday approved a major disaster declaration for Washington state and New York, while California is expected to be approved shortly to combat the viral pandemic.

The governors of the three states made requests to the federal government for the order as CCP virus cases multiply across the United States. New York, Washington, and California have the most confirmed patients.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

“Were enduring a great national trial” Trump remarked. adding that “we’re at war” with an “invisible enemy.”

“I want you to know as one people, eternally linked by our shared national spirit,” Trump said. “No American is alone.”

A disaster declaration provides a wide range of federal assistance programs and funds for public infrastructure and individual assistance.

Trump, in a news conference, said that “large quantities” of medical equipment and supplies are heading to the hardest-hit states.

The National Guard will also be activated for the three states at no cost, the president remarked. They will build hospitals in the three states with thousands of beds

A man in a mask boards a bus
A man in a mask boards a bus on campus at Western University in London, Ontario on March 13, 2020. (Geoff Robins/AFP via Getty Images)

“I’ve directed FEMA to activate four large medical stations for California and four large medical stations with 1,000 beds for Washington,” Trump said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “We’ve requested a disaster declaration for the state of New York, doing this at no cost.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent the White House an application for a disaster declaration that will be approved “very quickly” and “maybe” on Sunday night, Trump said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had urged the federal government to take over the acquisition of medical supplies so states do not have to compete with each other for resources. He also requested temporary hospitals.

It comes as one in three Americans was ordered to stay home on Sunday to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic as Ohio, Louisiana, and Delaware became the latest states to enact broad lockdowns.

“Every piece of evidence that I can lay my hands on indicates that we’re at an absolutely crucial time in this war and what we do now will make all the difference in the world,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “What we do now will slow this invader. It will slow this invader so our health care system … will have time to treat casualties.”

Reuters contributed to this report.