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Trump Suspends Travel From Europe, Offers Financial Aid for Coronavirus

TrumpPresident Donald Trump announced the United States will suspend travel from most of Europe for 30 days beginning Friday to help halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Trump also unveiled some executive actions and several high-dollar spending measures that he is asking Congress to enact. His announcement Wednesday night came hours after the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus to be a pandemic.

“Smart action today will prevent the spread of the virus tomorrow,” Trump said in a prime-time address to the nation from the Oval Office.

He later added: “We made a lifesaving move with early action on China. Now we must take the same action with Europe. We must not delay.”

As of Wednesday, there are 938 cases of coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, in the United States across 38 states and the District of Columbia, with 29 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, announced they have coronavirus. And the NBA suspended games after a Utah Jazz player tested positive.

Trump noted that the United States quickly suspended travel from China after the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan spread. However, he said the European Union “failed to take the same precaution.”

As a result, the virus came from Europe into the United States through travelers, the president said.

“After consulting with our top government health professionals, I have decided to take several strong but necessary options to protect the health and well-being of all Americans,” Trump said.

He added:

To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. These restrictions will be adjusted, subject to conditions on the ground. There will be exemptions for Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings.

Trump said the restrictions won’t apply to the United Kingdom.

The president also announced financial assistance measures he has touched on previously.

“To ensure working Americans can stay home without fear of financial hardship, I will soon be taking emergency action which is unprecedented to provide financial relief,” Trump said. “This will be targeted for workers who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others due to coronavirus. I will be asking Congress to take legislative action to extend this relief.”

In a call for calm as the markets have rumbled, Trump said: “This is not a financial crisis. This is just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome together as a nation and as a world.”

Trump talked about eliminating the payroll tax, which he’ll have to rely on Congress for.

“I am calling on Congress to provide Americans with immediate payroll tax relief. Hopefully they will consider this every strongly,” he said.

He also announced Small Business Administration loans to firms affected by coronavirus.

“These low-interest loans will help small businesses overcome temporary economic disruptions caused by the virus,” Trump said. “To this end, I am asking Congress to increase funding for this program by an additional $50 billion.”

The president added that the Treasury Department will defer tax payments without interest or penalty for certain individuals or businesses.

“This action will provide more than $200 billion of additional liquidity to the economy,” he said.

Reprinted with Permission from - Daily Signal by - Fred Lucas

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8 months ago


Carla Anderson
8 months ago

No matter what our POTUS does he is criticized!!!!!!!!! I am sick of it and when will all these Democrats see that he’s doing the best with what he has, and it’s even more shameful how the media continues to spew lies upon lies and omitting any truths or facts!!!!!!!!! We are going to get through this just like all of the other health scares that were put in our path, but for some ungodly reason this has gotten to the level of insanity….hoarding toilet paper level.

John Karkalis
8 months ago

Jack said it well.
The President is not only Commander in Chief, he is also the “Comforter-in Chief.
It’s under his aegis that our people are kept safe.
Let the President and his advisers do their job!
It’s easy to criticize and condemn when you are not the decision maker. It is also cowardly. This voter will remember in November .

8 months ago

Positive actions. Gimmedats can’t say no. Would be lowering the coffin in the ground for the Democrats if they refuse to cooperate. Proof that President Trump loves America and the American people.

Glenn Lego
8 months ago

Send Pelosi and Schumer and some other Democrats to Europe and make them stay there.

Josephine Pooley
8 months ago

Such a wise and well reasoned approach to this “crisis”! We have the right man at the helm!

8 months ago

Wall Street and major banks are pawns of spreading fear and panic fed by the Democrats. The more the merrier, so they think. Keep politics out of medicine! Listening, traitorous Pelosi, Schumer, Nadler and Schiff?

Carol Calle
8 months ago

I am thankful and respect everything our President is endeavoring to do for the good of our country and our friends all over the world. I pray others will be and encouragement to him and his staff, especially Mr.Pence. God our creator is listening for our prayers as we cry out to Him for wisdom and His Blessing upon our land. Keep Calm…Be reasonable.

Patriot Will
8 months ago

President Trump has and is dealing with matters and pressures that would overwhelm most of us within a few hours. He is a very impressive human being, not because of his perfection, but because he is just an intelligent person doing his best for the citizens of the USA. He makes bold decisions and lives with his responsibility to America, no matter what. He is what a Commander in Chief should be, yet rarely is.

Martin Steed
8 months ago

IF the President discovered a cure for Cancer this afternoon, the headline in the NY Times tomorrow morning would be: “Trump puts doctors out of work!”. Just ignore the media and use common sense and unless you are already very weak, you will be fine.

Stephen Russell
8 months ago

The Dems want Wuhan Virus for Recession for Nov win, sole goal of the Dems
FYUI for voting.
Still need a United Counter Virus Task Force ( non UN & WHO) estd.

8 months ago

Our President, God bless him, has a lot more brains and heart than “Chucky baby” Schumer and Nancy the “wicked witch of the west” Pelosi. If these two goof balls and the left wing loon media would take an extended spring break to China, this nation would accomplish for the American CITIZENS!!!!

8 months ago

Common sense, not panic, not hoarding will control this outbreak. To borrow a line from a popular oldie, “Paranoia will destroy ya!”

Enuf Said
8 months ago

It NEVER ceases to amaze me that Americans feel they HAVE to travel to foreign countries. There is so MUCH to be seen in America. Keep yourself in the USA-spend your monies here– HELP Americans businesses and let your children and grandchildren appreciate what a wonderful country they live in and one that has so much to offer them. I don’t care to hear at parties about your trip to Paris to ANY foreign country!! ALL Americans know that most foreigners dislike us except for ONE THING– The American green back!

Brian Monson
8 months ago

As usual, Trump is outplaying the LEFT’s attempt to smear him and to take 20 steps ahead of them. Very sagacious ! ! !

8 months ago

It should have been referred to as a “flu” just like swine flu and bird flu were. Then the hysteria might not be so crazy. It is still killing less than the annual flu that goes around.

John Karkalis
8 months ago

A cheerful note I don’t think we should take anything for granted concerning the election. November is still a long way off, but I remain optimistic. I was thinking of that glorious night of November 2016. I was watching the video from Hillary’s campaign headquarters. The balloons were on the ceiling, the champagne was ready to be uncorked. Everyone was smiling, laughing, and just having one h*llof a good time. Around 9PM Cleveland time the mood began to change. I don’t pretend to read minds but I think I’m pretty good at reading faces. I was seeing that look of,… Read more »

8 months ago

Too many are in panic mode and that’s costing this country, not only money but employment too! How many are now out of work cuz venues are shutting down and events being cancelled? I’m sorry but this is all panic and when it’s all over (spring is around the corner and higher temperatures will kill this virus off), the same panicked children, masquerading as adults, will move on to the next crisis to keep panic going! The SKY is NOT falling but one day when it does, cuz the boy keeps crying wolf, no one will pay attention when they… Read more »

Brenda Blunt
8 months ago

Prayers are needed. People need to do the right thing. Politicians need to get out of the way!!!

8 months ago

Unfortunately, the dems are going to call this to little. to late.

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