President Trump, during a special Wednesday night address to the nation, announced that the U.S. is suspending most travel from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days beginning Friday at midnight in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, striking a serious tone the President stated, "We made a lifesaving move with early action on China. Now we must take the same action with Europe.”
A European diplomat told Reuters that the White House did not notify European officials before the televised address. Shortly after Trump made the announcement, Saudi Arabia announced that it would ban travel to and from the European Union. Trump added:
There will be exemptions for Americans who have undergone appropriate screening, and these prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval. Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing."
The proclamation only applies to humans, not goods and cargo, a White House official told Fox News. Those transporting goods will "not be admitted into the country, but the goods will be." Trump later signed a Presidential Proclamation suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who visited certain European countries in the past two weeks. The suspension also does not apply to legal permanent residents and U.S. citizens, according to the statement.
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Updated: Thu, Mar 26th 2020 @ 10:05am EDT