President Trump approves Gov. Whitmer's request for use of National Guard

Posted at 4:44 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 16:44:00-04

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — On Monday, President Donald Trump approved Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's request for use of National Guard members amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Michigan National Guard members will be utilized for humanitarian purposes under Title 32, United States Code, section 502(f), a release states.

National Guard members, under Gov. Whitmer's command, will distribute food and medical supplies, disinfect public spaces, help run mobile screening facilities, ensure resiliency of supply lines, and support public safety when required.

“This is good news for Michiganders everywhere who are worried about COVID-19's impact on their community,” Whitmer said. “Now, our dedicated National Guardsmen and women can help ensure access to meals for families who need them or medical supplies for our health care professionals.

"They’ll help us get Michiganders tested and keep our public places clean. I’m happy that the federal government granted this request and will continue to work closely with them as we slow the spread of COVID-19 together.”

The request for National Guard members in Michigan was first made by Whitmer on March 18.

The use of federal funding for Title 32 will not federalize command of the activated National Guard personnel, according to a release.

Each state’s National Guard is still under the authority of the governor and is working in concert with the Department of Defense.