Trump plans to declare national emergency over coronavirus pandemic
President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, administration officials told NBC News.
The declaration would free up as much as $40 billion in financial resources to assist Americans affected by the outbreak.
The president has scheduled a 3 p.m. ET news conference Friday at in the Rose Garden at the White House. He will be joined by Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force.
The conference is set to occur shortly after Trump is scheduled to meet at the White House with major laboratory company executives about the response to the coronavirus outbreak.
A White House spokesman declined to comment when asked about the plan.
The Senate’s top Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, cautiously voiced support for such a declaration, provided Trump doesn’t “overstep his authority or indulge his autocratic tendencies.”
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[Source: CNBC News]