Trump temporarily exempts Arizona, California and Connecticut from cuts to National Guard coronavirus deployment

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According to three guidelines released on Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Administration will now cover all National Guard costs until September 30 for Arizona, Connecticut and California. It does not justify why these states were selected, nor why their full federal funding should end sooner than that of Texas and Florida.

In an appeal that the Board of Governors of the National Association of Governors held Thursday with senior officials from the White House, the Department of Defense, FEMA and other agencies, several governors complained about the fact that states are not treated equally and that decisions should not be taken on the basis of a personal phone. appeal with Trump, according to a reading of the appeal obtained by POLITICO.

In that call, the White House encouraged other governors to “send a ‘signal of demand’ and inform the president of the reasons why authorization and cost sharing are only necessary.”

California has the highest total number of coronavirus cases, but not the highest number per capita. Arizona, which Trump recently hailed as a model, has improved in recent weeks, but continues to struggle with a high number of cases, a high percentage of people who test positive, and nearly full intensive care units in its hospitals. Connecticut this week recorded zero new deaths and its lowest test positivity rate in months – less than a quarter of a percent – indicating that the state is on track to suppress the virus.

An estimated 25,000 Guard troops are deployed nationwide in coronavirus response efforts, running testing sites, tracing contacts and building hospitals.

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