Rumors have been floating around for several days that the National Guard would be activated in many parts of the country. The Trump administration has now done so in first few states.
The Hill is reporting:
President Trump on Sunday said the National Guard had been activated in New York, California and Washington and that the federal government would provide additional resources to help those states combat the coronavirus.
“We’re dealing also with other states. These states have been hit the hardest,” Trump said at a news briefing at the White House.
The article continues by saying:
Trump said the federal government would fund “100 percent” of the National Guard units carrying out approved missions in those states. The order will provide additional manpower and resources to the three states grappling with some of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S.
Trump said he had spoken with the Democratic governors of all three states on Sunday. He previously criticized Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) as a “snake,” but has largely offered praise for Govs. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) and Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) for their handling of the virus.