Donald Trump, who once declared a national emergency in order to obtain his long-promised border wall at the southern border, is now against calling a national emergency for the coronavirus because it “contradicts his message that this is the flu.”
According to Politico, Trump will likely sign “a more limited designation to allow the federal government to cover small business loans, paychecks for hourly workers and delay tax bills, the White House said Wednesday.”
If Trump were to declare a national emergency it would go beyond that, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to obtain funding from other sources of the government and help states struggling with the crisis.
“Trump’s concern at this point is that going further could hamper his narrative that the coronavirus is similar to the seasonal flu, said the three people familiar with the discussions,” Politico reported. “The administration is also negotiating with Congress over a stimulus package designed to cushion the coronavirus-hampered economy. But that calculation could change in the coming weeks.”
A republican who spoke with the president said that it’s more about Trump’s pride. “The president isn’t persuaded because [an emergency declaration] contradicts his message that this is the flu,” the Republican claimed.