President Donald Trump announced Sunday that he would activate the National Guard to assist Washington, California and New York, three of the states hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.The three states have either been approved or will soon be approved for major disaster declarations to allow the federal government to provide supplies more seamlessly, he said.Trump said large quantities of masks, respirators, gowns, face shields and other items are due to arrive in the three states within days. He added that he has ordered the government to set up large federal medical stations in each of the states.Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakOf New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Trump said, “The relationship has really been amazing,” adding that he believes the federal government should serve as “sort of a backup for the states.””The ones that don’t do as well need more help,” he said, adding, “They are hit very hard.”Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.He also pledged that victory over the coronavirus will happen “much sooner” than first expected.Download the NBC News app for full coverage and alerts about the coronavirus outbreakThe announcement Sunday evening came as governors clamored for more


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