President Donald Trump was on hand, Saturday, March 28, as the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort, located at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, departed for New York to assist hospitals responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
READ MORE: During remarks in Virginia, Trump said the USNS Comfort "is a 70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York, a place I know very well. A place I love."
"We're here for you, we're fighting for you," Trump added. "We are with you all the way and we always will be. You have the unwavering support of the entire nation, the entire government and the entire American people."
With nearly 26,700 confirmed cases, New York is the epicenter of outbreak in the U.S., now the world leader in infections with nearly 105,000 as of early Saturday, according to John's Hopkins University statistics.