President Trump announced a travel ban on Wednesday evening, amid the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, barring all travel from Europe.
The ban closes all travel from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The proclamation the president read aloud during his White House address confirms the precautionary measure is being taken to best protect Americans from the spread of the Coronavirus.
“The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from the Schengen Area threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security,” Trump said in the proclamation.
“Given the importance of protecting persons within the United States from the threat of this harmful communicable disease, I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States,” he added.
The president’s action should have calmed Americans potentially worried about contracting the Coronavirus, but, as BizPac Review reports: “Within seconds of President Donald Trump delivering a speech late Wednesday announcing a travel ban on all of Europe sans Ireland and the U.K., accusations of incompetency, racism and xenophobia began flying from members of the left.”
Take a look at some of these reactions:
Trump's Oval Office address was exactly what his Fox wingmen needed – now Sean Hannity et al can celebrate the new travel ban – while evading the real scourge of community spread within the US
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 12, 2020
Why is UK exempted from the travel ban? Here are Stephen Miller and Jared Kushner, the speechwriters, at Buckingham Palace. Maybe should not have pandemic policies made by racists. pic.twitter.com/yQwf9zoxsh
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) March 12, 2020
Absolute duds out here telling me a Trump travel ban isn't racist.
— Brandon Bird (@Brandon_Bird) March 12, 2020
This is a political travel ban, not a scientific travel ban. Trump is using the virus to advance his xenophobic agenda while failing to take the appropriate measures to slow the spread of the disease. https://t.co/2GdsmZY2ln
— Mathieu von Rohr (@mathieuvonrohr) March 12, 2020
In the first 30 seconds, President Trump says the virus 'started in China' and then calls it a 'foreign virus'
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 12, 2020
This is not about stopping the virus. This is about Trump’s anti-Europe obsession
— Ilan Goldenberg (@ilangoldenberg) March 12, 2020
He just can’t win with these critics.