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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus as he walks to Marine One to depart the White House, Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 9:45 AM PT — Saturday, March 28, 2020

President Trump has signed an executive order that will allow special reserve troops and National Guard members to be deployed as medical response personnel. During Friday’s press conference, the president noted he’s willing to use the full authority of the federal government to combat the coronavirus crisis.

His directive will allow leaders of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Homeland Security to call up to 1 million retirees, or part-time service members, and place them in active duty for up to two years.

“We have a lot of people – retirees, great, great military people – they’re coming back in, who have offered to support the nation in this extraordinary time of need. They don’t say, ‘What are we getting paid?’ They just want to come back in. It’s really an incredible thing to see, it’s beautiful.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

These individuals will generally have “high demand medical capabilities” and will not “adversely affect their civilian communities” by resuming active duty.

Members of the 1207th Rhode Island National Guard unit stand at the Westerly, R.I., Amtrak station Friday, March 27, 2020, to inform passengers from New York of the 14-day quarantine restrictions if disembarking in Rhode Island ordered by Gov. Gina Raimondo. (Harold Hanka/The Sun via AP)

Meanwhile, President Trump is expected to bid bon voyage to a Navy hospital ship departing from Virginia this weekend. The event is set to take place in Norfolk on Saturday, in celebration of the USNS Comfort before it sets sail to New York City.

“I think I’m going to go out, and I’ll kiss it goodbye,” said the president. “It’s a great ship.”

The ship was activated to bring much needed medical relief to New York, specifically for non-coronavirus patients. According to the White House, “these doctors, nurses, x-ray techs and other medical staff will support the local medical community” by easing the burden of area hospitals responding to the pandemic.

Over 1,200 medical personnel will be on board.

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is docked at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Saturday, March 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

As of Saturday, there were more than 100,000 active cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and at least 1,700 reported deaths. The number of active cases around the world has risen above 436,000, with the global death toll surpassing 27,000.

U.S. health officials warned the nation’s coronavirus cases are expected to continue rising before leveling off.

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