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Trump is likely to make an emergency declaration on Friday afternoon

March 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC JANUARY 9: U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during an event to unveil significant changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on January 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. The changes to the nations landmark environmental law would make it easier for federal agencies to approve infrastructure projects without considering climate change. President Trump also took several questions from reporters, including questions of Iran and impeachment. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is likely to make an emergency declaration on Friday afternoon that would free up tens of billions of federal dollars to combat coronavirus, according to two people familiar with the decision.

(CNN)President Donald Trump is likely to make an emergency declaration on Friday afternoon that would free up tens of billions of federal dollars to combat coronavirus, according to two people familiar with the decision.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, spoke to Vice President Mike Pence Thursday and requested the Trump administration declare an emergency to provide vital assistance to states such as Washington on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, a Washington state official told CNN.

There are two types of declarations that a governor could request from the President -- emergency declarations and major disaster declarations, both of which are authorized by the Stafford Act. A declaration would put FEMA -- the agency within the Department of Homeland Security that would be activated by a declaration -- in a position to help provide additional supplies, assist with logistics like the transport of residents if needed, and put up temporary medical facilities.

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