BREAKING: President Trump to Declare State of Emergency after Shaking Hands with Virus Positive Leader


President Donald Trump is set to declare a national emergency amid the coronavirus epidemic to speed up the response to the growing ciris.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who dined with President Donald Trump on Saturday at Mar-a-Lago, has tested positive for coronavirus.

Trump, who shook hands with his Brazilian counterpart at that meal, has not gone into voluntary self-quarantine, despite CDC guidelines describing someone in his situation as ‘medium risk’ for infection.

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On Thursday, Trump was quick to brush aside the concerning matter of Bolsonaro testing positive and their formal encounter.

The US president is set to hold a press conference at 3pm on Friday at the White House. He is expected to declare a national emergency and open the door for more federal aid to states and cities.

US stocks rose at the announcment that Trump was likely to invoke a national emergency. The S&P 500 Index rose nearly 2% shortly after 11:30am (EST). The rise comes after US equities hit the worst low since 1987 on Thursday.


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