A National Emergency Declaration came out by President Donald Trump Friday to free up $50 billion in federal resources to combat coronavirus even while he denied to accept personal responsibility for administration failures early in the US Coronavirus outbreak.
President Trump declared on Friday a National Day of Prayer for this upcoming Sunday, quickly after his National emergency declaration amid the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic.
“We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these….,” Trump said on a tweet. “No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!”
The National Emergency Declaration was part of a raft of new measures Trump hopes can bring a roiling health crisis under control after a week of market seesaws and major disruptions to everyday life.
As he sought to project an air of competence, Trump denied there were failures that some health experts say have exacerbated the crisis.”I don’t take responsibility at all,” he stated, insisting problems that led to slow test-kit distribution were the fault of previous administrations.
“We were given a set of circumstances and we were given rules, regulations, and specifications from a different time.”Speaking throughout an evening Rose Garden event, Trump gathered American retail executives to state they were donating resources to institute drive-through testing at locations across the country, collected on a new online portal that he told would accessible on Sunday evening.
A National emergency over Coronavirus could unlock more funding to respond to the virus and would allow the federal Emergency Management Agency to use more than $40 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund to aid state and local governments.
Later Friday evening, nevertheless, the companies indicated they had few details on how many tests they could offer or when the test kits would be available.
Also, Google — the company Trump said was producing the online platform — announced it was not publishing a national-scale website; a health-based subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is launching a small-scale website to begin triaging California-based patients only.
Trump went on to say he was allowing his health secretary to bypass certain regulations to provide more flexibility to doctors and hospitals responding to the outbreak. And he announced he was waiving interest on student loans and purchasing more crude oil for the US strategic reserve to fill it “right to the top.”
One of the most recent, at the southern border. President Trump signed the proclamation in February of last year. It pulled military power and tried to pull funding into building a wall.
A recent health-related national emergency was H1N1, also known as swine flu. This was enacted under President Barack Obama back in 2009.
This allowed the health secretary to issue waivers to avoid overcrowding hospitals and move patients to other facilities.
In wartime, George W. Bush enacted national emergencies following the September 11th attacks in 2001. It enabled the government to pull in additional troops and promote more generals than previously allowed.
Some of these national emergencies are still in effect today, including the ones relating to the border wall and 9/11.
Even as he was announcing a scaling up of testing capacity for coronavirus, the President announced Friday he did not believe all Americans should rush to be tested.”We don’t want people to take a test if we feel that they shouldn’t be doing it. And we don’t want everybody running out and taking — only if you have certain symptoms,” he said in the Rose Garden.
One person he did suggest would take a test was himself, saying it was likely he would receive one “fairly soon,” after he recently came into contact with a Brazilian official who later tested positive.
If that encounter startled Trump into taking more protective actions to prevent himself from contracting or spreading the virus, however, it was not in evidence on Friday. During his event Trump shook hands with nearly every retail executive who came to his podium to speak, ceasing only when the final participant offered an elbow bump instead.”I like that. That’s good,” Trump said.
The President, who began his remarks by giving himself plaudits for his response to the outbreak, still appeared to believe the spread could be limited even as he also suggested it would worsen before eventually improving.”It could get worse. The next eight weeks are critical,” Trump said.
“Some of the doctors say it will wash through, it will flow through. Interesting terms.”Trump has been under pressure to take more decisive action as the virus begins altering everyday life for nearly every American.