Trump Sends National Guard to New York, California and Washington State

Coronavirus Task Force holds White House briefing on Sunday evening, March 22, 2020 (Live Stream Archive beings at 44:28).

President Donald Trump said Sunday, March 22, 2020 that the federal government is sending the National Guard to the hot spot states of New York, California and Washington in response to the coronavirus crisis. The deployment is funded by FEMA.

New York has the highest number of confirmed cases, with more than 15,000, followed by Washington at approximately 1,700 and California at approximately 1,500.

On Sunday, March 23, 2020, New York surpassed Washington state (95 deaths) with the highest number of deaths (114 deaths). Most of the deaths in New York state are in New York City, where there were more than 4,400 infections. The coronavirus deaths in California were reported at 35.

Florida is reporting 13 deaths; Illinois is reporting 9 deaths.

New York and Washington were declared for a major disaster Sunday morning. FEMA administrator Peter T. Gaynor spoke alongside President Donald J. Trump. FEMA is assisting state, local and tribal governments. All 50 states and two tribal governments are in direct communication with FEMA.

The hospital ship USNS Mercy is expected to have the greatest impact and will be in position within a week of the order Sunday, March 22, 2020.

The National Guard is approved for Washington, California and New York under Title 32 status. The governors have continuous command of their National Guard. Title 32 does not federalize local National Guard. The action does not involve Martial Law.

The National Guard is postured to federal state and local agencies while serving the public.

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