Donald Trump’s solutions for handling the coronavirus (COVID-19) were erratic, uneven, and tended to skip over people in the U.S. and across the globe. Without consulting with our allies in the European Union, Trump cut travel to Europe. They were not pleased.
Although POTUS marked the EU, he allowed travel with Great Britain. Ironically, Britain has more coronavirus cases, including its Minister of Health, than any one country in the EU. Since when has the president worked off of logic? Perhaps, he was rewarding Great Britain for Brexit? Great Britain has 460 confirmed cases, according to The Associated Press (AP).
Trump still considers coronavirus a “foreign virus.” Then, he made the outrageous claim that European travelers “seeded” the U.S. Right after his speech on prime time TV Wednesday night, his handlers came out and finessed his speech noting that the travel ban refers to most foreign citizens in the passport-free travel zone 14 days prior to coming to America.
European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen issued a joint statement that read:
‘The European Union disapproves of the fact that the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation. The coronavirus is a global crisis, not limited to any continent and it requires cooperation rather than unilateral action.’
The EU rejected Trump’s suggestion that Europe is not doing enough to combat COVID-19, saying that the 27-nation bloc “is taking strong action to limit the spread of the virus.”
‘The so-called Schengen area comprises 26 countries including EU members France, Italy, German, Greece, Austria and Belgium, where the bloc has its headquarters, but also others like Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.’
According to flight tracker FlightAware, “around 400 flights” cross the Atlantic from Europe to the United States each day.
Trump has been punishing Europe in other ways: tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and threats against the European car manufacturers. The president left the international climate agreement. Still, 45 likes Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and he has three golf resorts in Ireland and the U.K.
The European Commission spokesperson Eric Marner said:
‘[It’ isn’t in the habit of shooting from the hip. Good policy-making requires reflection.’
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s latest figures indicate more than 22,000 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in all 27 countries that make up the European Union. A full 943 people have died in these countries. Great Britain had half that number of cases already.
Although many people will have mild to moderate symptoms like a cough and a fever. Health officials have recommended people do not travel unless the trip is essential. That was applicable to people 60-year-old and up and those individuals with underlying conditions. That quickly moved to include all travelers.
People have been urged to stand between three and six feet away from others. Audiences for all sorts of venues have been canceled. Some of these are basketball games, late-night television, and even churches.
Once an individual contracts the disease, it can quickly move into pneumonia. The World Health Organization (WHO) downgraded the disease to a pandemic. If Trump does not get his act together and provide testing, America will mimic Italy. Just ten days ago, this country had fewer cases of coronavirus than the U.S. Now, all businesses in the country have closed except for those selling food or prescriptions.
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