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Trump Just Banned All Travel From Europe to Stop The Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — President Trump just announced a 30-day travel ban from Europe to the United States in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The ban will take place Friday, Trump said in a rare, primetime address to the nation, seated in the Oval Office. Shortly after Trump spoke, the Department of…

Trump Just Banned All Travel From Europe to Stop The Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — President Trump just announced a 30-day travel ban from Europe to the United States in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The ban will take place Friday, Trump said in a rare, primetime address to the nation, seated in the Oval Office. Shortly after Trump spoke, the Department of Homeland Security specified the ban doesn’t apply to legal U.S. permanent residents or the immediate family members of U.S. citizens.

But it does apply to residents or citizens of 26 countries across Europe.

“We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,” Trump said, blasting coronavirus as “a foreign virus.”

The ban marks a stunning, unprecedented response to stem the outbreak that was officially classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization earlier Wednesday, and was accompanied by a rollout of proposals to boost the economy in the face of a white-knuckle stock market drop that has rattled investors and businesses.

“The virus will not have a chance against us,” Trump pledged. “We have the best economy, the most advanced health care and the most talented doctors and scientists anywhere in the world.”

In typical Trumpian language likely to draw fire from critics, the president praised his own administration for blocking flights from China in January and said that Europe’s failure to follow suit had resulted in a rise of infections on the continent. And he blamed Europe for helping to spread the virus to the United States.

“The European Union failed to take the same precautions and restrict travel from China and other hotspots,” Trump said, adding without explanation or evidence that incidents of infection in the U.S. had been “seeded by travelers from Europe.”

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The speech marked a remarkable turnaround for a president who has previously derided fears of the pandemic as a “hoax,” insisted that America’s limited testing is actually widespread and broadly available, and suggested that the disease may “disappear” once the weather gets warmer.

In a statement after Trump’s address, DHS said Trump had signed a proclamation that “suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States.”

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