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Trump says 1,000 additional military personnel to deploy to NY

Trump says 1,000 additional military personnel to deploy to NY
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE said 1,000 additional military personnel are being deployed to New York to help the city manage the coronavirus outbreak. 

"At my direction, 1,000 military personnel are deploying to New York City to assist where they’re needed the most," Trump said at a White House coronavirus task force briefing Saturday. "That’s the hottest of all the hot spots."

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When asked, Trump said that number is subject to increase and that although there aren't plans in place to expand military personnel in other parts of the country, it's possible they could be sent to places with increased cases. 

“We may add to the 1,000,” Trump said. “New York will be getting about 1,000 medical military because that’s what they need.”

On Friday, Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Trump loyalist to lead Pentagon transition | Democrats ask VA for vaccine distribution plan | Biden to get classified intel reports Ex-Nunes aide linked to Biden conspiracy theories will lead Pentagon transition Brennan takes final shot at Trump: 'I leave his fate to our judicial system, his infamy to history, & his legacy to a trash heap' MORE confirmed that the Pentagon is looking at the possibility of treating coronavirus patients aboard the USNS Comfort docked in New York City.

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoMayor of Denver apologizes for holiday travel after advising residents to stay put Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Denver mayor flies to Mississippi for Thanksgiving after advising against travel MORE (D) on Saturday said deaths in the state have surpassed 3,500, an increase of 630 in one day. He also reported 10,841 new coronavirus cases since Friday, a record one-day jump, pushing the total number of cases to 113,704.