President Donald Trump agreed to continue paying for the full cost of National Guard troops deployed to help with the coronavirus response in just two states — Texas and Florida — after their Republican governors appealed directly to him.

Other states will now have to pay a quarter of the cost of National Guard deployments in their states, despite their governors also requesting the federal government continue to foot the entire bill. A White House official said Trump made an exception for Texas and Florida because their governors — who enjoy close relationships with Trump — made “special, direct cases to the President.”

The official said Trump “is open to speaking with any governor from any state.”

While Texas and Florida both have a large number of coronavirus cases — more than 466,000 and 502,000, respectively— other states with large numbers of cases, like California and Arizona, will only see three-quarters of the costs covered by the federal government.

Democrats immediately pushed back, accusing the President of showing favoritism.With American lives at risk, the President is continuing to manipulate our nation’s pandemic response to benefit his own political fortunes,” said Noam Lee, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, in a statement. “The National Guard deployments are the latest development in the partisan games the President has played with states seeking critical supplies and aid.”

Source : CNN

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