Trump Suspends Travel from Europe for 30 Days, Exempting U.K.

By Paul Riegler on 11 March 2020
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President Trump, in an address from the Oval Office, announced that all travel to and from Europe would be suspended for the next 30 days, with the exception of the United Kingdom.

The move is a swift change from comments the president made just days ago when he said the virus would soon go away.

The president said the action was “strong, but necessary” and that he made the decision in order to “keep new cases from entering our shores.” He had called Europe “a hotbed” of the coronavirus in an earlier meeting with banking executives.

“We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,” the president said. “The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. These restrictions will are be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground.”

Mr. Trump called the novel coronavirus a “horrible infection” and finally acknowledged that Americans should cut back on unnecessary travel. He also said that there would be some exemptions for Americans “who have undergone appropriate screenings.”  The new prohibitions do, however, apply to cargo from Europe as well.

Speaking from behind the Resolute Desk, President Trump tried to adopt somewhat of an optimistic tone.  “This is not a financial crisis,” he said. “This is just a temporary moment in time that we will overcome as a nation and a world.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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