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 TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout 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."


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: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Former Trump Defense chief Esper to join McCain Institute CORRECTED: Overnight Defense: COVID-19 stymies effort to study sexual assault at military academies | Biden, Saudi king speak ahead of Khashoggi report 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 CuomoAlbany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Another former Cuomo aide accuses him of harassment David Sirota: Media should 'apologize' for early coverage of Cuomo's pandemic handling 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.