Under three directives issued Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Administration will now cover all National Guard spending through Sept. 30 for Arizona, Connecticut and California. He gives no explanation as to why those states were elected, or why their full federal funds are set to end earlier than Texas and Florida.
In a call the National Governors Association Council of Governors held Thursday with senior officials from the White House, Department of Defense, FEMA and other agencies, many governors complained that states are not being treated equally and decisions are not should be taken based on a personal phone call with Trump, according to a reading of the call received from POLITICO.
In that call, the White House encouraged other governors to “send a”; request signal “and inform the President why authorization and cost share are uniquely needed.”
California has the highest 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 issues, a high percentage of people testing positive and almost complete ICU in its hospitals. Connecticut this week saw zero new deaths and its lowest monthly test-positive rate – less than a quarter of a percent – indicating the state is on its way to suppressing the virus.
About 25,000 Guard troops have been deployed nationwide in coronavirus response efforts, executing test sites, conducting contact tracking and building hospitals.