The decision opens the door to special legislation that allows for federal funds. $ 50 billion immediately available
NEW YORK – Donald Trump has declared the national emergency for the coronavirus. The decision in the United States opens the door to special legislation that allows federal funds to be made available immediately to combat the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country. As required by the Stafford Act, the 1988 disaster law, which grants special powers to the Federal Emergency Management Agency: the ability to allocate funding – Trump talked about 50 billion immediately available – for states and cities, the 28 federal agencies and to organize support teams and finally make the tests accessible to the population.
Trump spoke on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron on the pandemic and agreed to organize an extraordinary G-7 on a video conference with the main world leaders on Monday 16 March – the United States has the rotating presidency of the G- 7 – to coordinate efforts on treatments, the search for a vaccine and respond to the economic consequences of the pandemic.
An anxious nation
The United States national emergency declaration tells another reality compared to the contradictory messages launched so far by the president. The virus has already changed people’s daily lives. From Disneyland to the Supreme Court, from Wall Street to the NBA basketball championship, from Broadway theaters to many schools, Covid-19 has swept the normal operation of many pieces of this country.
The ascertained cases and the tests that are not there
There are 1,629 confirmed cases of coronavirus – Americans repatriated from China and Japan are not included in this number – 41 deaths, in 47 out of 50 states. But the positives could be many more, given the difficulty in starting the car large-scale population tests. As confirmed the other day by the director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci who in a hearing in Congress spoke of a “bankruptcy system”.
Bolsonaro with the mask
There has been an acceleration in the past few hours that has led to Trump’s emergency declaration. In a live Facebook, the president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro appeared with the mask on his face. He announced that he has been tested for coronavirus and is waiting for the results. Some Brazilian media and also Fox TV, close to the White House, reported shortly after the positivity of Bolsonaro, who however denied the news.
The Mar-a-Lago accident
The press officer of Brazilian leader Fabio Wajngarten, 44, on Thursday, March 12, revealed that he had tested positive at Covid-19. Both attended the summit with Trump in Mar-a-Lago last Saturday in Florida. According to Fox, the White House has organized an urgent meeting on the emergency and Trump would have spoken on the phone with Bolsonaro.
The White House in Winter
The circle of the virus widens like a cloud around the bilateral summit of the two leaders at the Winter White House in Mar-a-Lago, as Trump’s Palm Beac resort is called, where the president takes refuge on the weekends and where he has met political leaders in the past, such as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe or Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Mar-a-Lago resort is a historical place of national interest built between 1924 and 1927. Almost 6000 thousand square meters of surface and 126 rooms facing the Atlantic Ocean in a valuable naturalistic area on the barrier island of Palm Beach, it was purchased by Trump in 1985 for around $ 10 million.
The informal bilateral summit
The one between Trump and Bolsonaro was an informal summit, not organized through traditional diplomatic channels, through the State Department. Usually, meetings between heads of state require months of preparation and diplomatic negotiations. Bolsonaro’s visit was organized in two weeks, after a letter written by Mario Garnero, an 82-year-old Brazilian financier who lives in Florida, who got rich in the 1980s thanks to his closeness to the military dictatorship and personal friendship with the last president. military Joao Figueiredo.
Trump’s private club
Garnero is part of the Mar-a-Lago Club, the president’s private club in Florida that brings together closest supporters and friends. The Brazilian financier’s letter was delivered by hand to Trump by Richard Bernstein, Palm Beach insurer, also a member of the Mar-a-Lago Club, a friend, and supporter of Trump as well as a sponsor of his election campaign so much so that he was appointed ambassador of the Dominican Republic in 2017, despite the lack of knowledge of the Spanish language.
Risks for the President
As a result of the informal diplomatic meeting, Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence – who leads the government’s task force against the epidemic – have been exposed for some time to people who have fallen ill with coronavirus. Alvaro Garnero, the son of the Brazilian financier, present at the meeting, published a photo on Instagram where, in addition to him, Pence, Trump, Bolsonaro and the press officer Wajngarten are seen, a positive result in the test.
The self-quarantine of those present
Republican senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rick Scott of Florida were present at the meeting, both very close to the president who after the dinner in Mar-a-Lago put themselves in quarantine. The meeting was also an occasion to celebrate the birthday of Donald trump jr’s fiancée, the 51-year-old Kimberly Guilfoyle, former Fox TV presenter, former wife of the former Los Angeles mayor and current California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom. New White House chief of staff Mark Meadows just named by Trump has found he is positive for Covid-19 and has been quarantined as a precaution since the start of the week
The Australian official
Ivanka Trump, the daughter, and adviser to the president recently made contact with an Australian government official who was positive for the virus. She too was present at the Mar-a-Lago dinner together with her son-in-law Jared Kushner, personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Bolsonaro’s son, Eduardo, and Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo. Trump continues to say he is “not worried” about the Mar-a-Lago accident, he has not yet considered submitting the test but has reduced the electoral events. It is known, however, that President Trump does not like to shake hands or too close contact with ordinary people. A practice that he has had to accept willingly since he entered the White House.
Finally, we pray and ask God to stop this disease and heal all the sick, we also ask God to help experts find the right medicine to fight this disease.