Trump Suspends All Travel From Europe for 30 Days, Beginning on Friday

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In his address to the nation on Wednesday, President Trump announced that in an effort to stop new coronavirus cases from entering the United States all travel from Europe to the United States would be suspended for 30 days, beginning Friday at midnight. The president added that the restrictions would not affect travel from the United Kingdom.

“These prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but to various other things as we get approval,” Trump said. “Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing.” Except that was not what the administration was discussing: White House officials later had to clarify that Trump bungled the speech, which Trump read from a teleprompter, and that only travelers, not cargo, would be suspended.

Pres. Trump announces suspension of “all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days.

The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. “The restrictions will “not apply to the United Kingdom,” Trump added. https://t.co/9T1YSyQHS3 pic.twitter.com/BrWqHdIIfQ[1][2]

— The View (@TheView) March 12, 2020[3]

Critics stated that the efficacy of a travel ban is extremely limited, now that multiple cases of community outbreak have been reported. Prior to Trump’s speech on Wednesday, the World Health Organization designated the coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic[4].

Targeted bans on international travel can be useful before an outbreak has become a pandemic that’s spread throughout your own country.

— James Hamblin (@jameshamblin) March 12, 2020[5]

The president also announced he would be awarding the Small Business Association with £50 billion to “provide capital and liquidity to provide loans to small businesses,” but did not address the country’s failure[6] to properly test for coronavirus. “No nation is more prepared or resilient than the United States,” Trump said.Despite his solemn tone during the speech, Trump’s low level of concern returned shortly after he thought cameras stopped broadcasting:

That moment C-SPAN didn’t realize they were broadcasting still…. pic.twitter.com/eoO2pgzCQt[7]

— Burt Macklin (@knoweyedentity) March 12, 2020[8]

This is a developing news story.

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References

  1. ^ https://t.co/9T1YSyQHS3 (t.co)
  2. ^ pic.twitter.com/BrWqHdIIfQ (t.co)
  3. ^ March 12, 2020 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ pandemic (nymag.com)
  5. ^ March 12, 2020 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ failure (www.nytimes.com)
  7. ^ pic.twitter.com/eoO2pgzCQt (t.co)
  8. ^ March 12, 2020 (twitter.com)
  9. ^ Terms (nymag.com)
  10. ^ Privacy Notice (nymag.com)

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