WASHINGTON 

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Sunday that he has activated the National Guard to help New York, California and Washington state in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, where more than 240 people alone have died from the disease.

“Today, I am announcing action to help New York, California and Washington ensure that the National Guard can effectively respond to this crisis,” Trump said at a news briefing at the White House.

He said the three states have been “hit the hardest,” adding: “We’re dealing also with other states.”

The president said the federal government will fund 100% of

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