President Donald Trump declares national emergency amid coronavirus outbreak

Trump provides update on country’s response to pandemic

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency amid the country’s spreading coronavirus outbreak.

Trump made the announcement at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the White House. You can will be able to watch the full video above shortly.

The president initially addressed the pandemic Wednesday in an Oval Office address and announced the restriction of travel from 26 European countries to the United States amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

The ban will begin at 11:59 p.m. Friday and last for 30 days, Trump said.

“We made a lifesaving move with early action on China,” Trump said. “Now we must take the same action with Europe.”

Restrictions won’t apply to the United Kingdom or Ireland, he said.

There will be exemptions for Americans who undergo “appropriate screenings.”

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