Trump suspends all travel from Europe to USA amid coronavirus pandemic

Grant Boone
March 24, 2020

"This is just a temporary moment in time that we will overcome as a nation and a world", Trump said, adding that "we are marshalling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people".

Trump's action to limit travel reflected how consistently restrictions on immigration have figured in his policymaking. American citizens who have visited those areas within the last 14 days will be permitted to enter the USA, but will be subject to health screenings. The ban does not apply to USA citizens traveling to Europe or their immediate families, nor to permanent US residents, officials said after Trump spoke. There will be exemptions for Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings and these prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval.

"This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history", Trump said. Trump went on to push his belief that the coronavirus and the market response to it are not as bad as they look.

Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that there has been "irresponsible rhetoric" from people who have downplayed the seriousness of the U.S.

"The virus will not have a chance against us" if Americans take precautions, he said.

Pence, the head of the president's coronavirus task force, said the administration would focus on communities that have experienced community spread of the virus and said Trump's action on Wednesday night, suspending travel from Europe to the US, is "one more example of how he's putting the health of America first".

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I asked if we could send some people to help them, they didn't want it, at a pride. Trump said he put the measure into action on Thursday evening.

We will be suspending all travel from Europe, except the United Kingdom, for the next 30 days.

Trump made the decision after the United States had begun to feel negative effects of the pandemic, ranging from disruptions in the financial market to sport events being cancelled and schools being closed.

Trump said in his Wednesday address that he would ask Congress to extend financial relief to workers throughout the period and instruct the Treasury Department "defer tax payments without interest or penalties for certain businesses negatively impacted".

The deadly virus that first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December past year has claimed over 4,200 lives and infected more than 117,330 people across 107 countries and territories.

No nation is more prepared or more resilient than the USA, he said.

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