Trump to declare national emergency

Donald Trump is poised to declare a national emergency within hours in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The US President announced he would hold a news conference from the White House at 3pm local time (6am AEDT) today.

“Topic: Coronavirus!” he tweeted.

According to multiple reports and White House sources, Mr Trump will declare a national emergency which would unlock billions of dollars in disaster aid to help federal and state governments fight the rapidly spreading pandemic.

A White House spokesperson declined to comment on the matter when contacted by news.com.au.

US President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus Wednesday, March, 11, 2020, in Washington. Picture: Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP.

media_camera US President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus Wednesday, March, 11, 2020, in Washington. Picture: Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP.

US President Donald Trump (right) speaks with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 7, 2020. Picture: Jim Watson / AFP.

media_camera US President Donald Trump (right) speaks with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 7, 2020. Picture: Jim Watson / AFP.

The pandemic has already forced the cancellation of most major sporting events and Broadway shows across the US.

Separately, a White House official said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was in the West Wing in the run-up to Mr Trump’s address, the New York Post reports.

The source close to Mr Trump told the newspaper that the US President will “call on Congress to get this done” after feverish negotiations between Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The Senate is in recess until Monday, meaning final passage of a deal would happen next week.

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