Friday, March 13, 2020: President Donald J. Trump holds a news conference from the White House, where he is expected to declare a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.
“We have things that I can do. We have very strong emergency powers under the Stafford Act,” he said. “I have it memorized practically as to the powers in that act, and if I need to do something I’ll do it. I have the right to do a lot of things that people don’t even know about.” PRESIDENT TRUMP
Trump has announced a press conference at 3 p.m. and it is anticipated that he will declare a national emergency as concerns over the outbreak wreak havoc and continue to disrupt daily American life.
The announcement comes as major sporting and other events have been called off or postponed, businesses across the country institute telework policies, government buildings and schools shutter and other disruptions rock the nation, amid efforts to curb the transmission of the virus.
How does this work?
The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act allows the White House to mobilize the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and direct federal aid to states hit by disasters and health crises.