Trump preparing to invoke emergency powers over coronavirus

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is preparing to invoke emergency powers as the country struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak. This is according to two people familiar with the planning who spoke on condition of anonymity

It is still unclear precisely what mechanism Trump would use to free up additional federal resources for testing and treatment as well as help those struggling with the economic impact.

Trump is holding a news conference at the White House at 2 p.m. Eyewitness News will be live streaming the announcement.

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(This story was originally published on March 13, 2020)

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