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Virginia, (CNB News) –   President Trump on Saturday saw the USNS Comfort off as it departed Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia for New York City, where it will serve as an emergency hospital for the city’s coronavirus patients.

“As we gather today, our country is at war with an invisible enemy. We are marshaling the full power of American nation economic, scientific, medical and military to vanquish the virus,” Trump said at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. “And we will do that.”
“This great ship behind me is a 70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York,” he added.

New York is the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak. The ship is expected to arrive Monday.

“After being rushed out of maintenance, with historic speed, it was supposed to be here for four weeks, and they did it and four days,” Trump said. “The Comfort will arrive at Pier 90 in Manhattan on Monday, three weeks ahead of schedule. Its crew will begin treating patients on Tuesday.”

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