Trump Adviser Claims President Was First Leader to Restrict Travel From China Due to Coronavirus, But North Korea and Italy Did Earlier

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Donald Trump’s commerce and manufacturing adviser Peter Navarro inaccurately claimed that the president was the “first” chief to close down flights from China to curb the unfold of coronavirus, however two different nations banned flights from the Asian nation previous to the United States.

Navarro, an economist who leads the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, made the comment in a combative interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar. Although Keilar pushed again in opposition to lots of the Trump official’s claims, she didn’t level out that his declare in regards to the flights from China was false.

“Please remember, please remember … President Trump was the first world leader to take definitive action early when he pulled down those China flights on January 29,” Navarro mentioned.

Trump really announced the journey restriction on January 31, and they didn’t take impact till February 2 at 5 p.m. EST. Meanwhile, North Korea had blocked all international guests from coming into the nation on January 22 over coronavirus issues. Italy banned all flights from China on January 31.

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Trump’s journey restrictions had been additionally a lot much less stringent than these put in place by Italy and North Korea. The president’s govt motion barred international nationals that had traveled to China within the final two weeks, with 11 exceptions – together with for residents, their shut relations and everlasting residents. Those allowed to enter the U.S. after touring to China confronted further screening measures and in some instances had been requested to quarantine. China’s Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau weren’t included within the journey ban.

Flights weren’t really banned from China, however planes coming from the Asian nation had been required to land in a restricted variety of designated airports. Several American airways started canceling some flights between the U.S. and China after the manager order restricted journey.

Russia, though it didn’t ban flights, took substantial motion to limit transit from China previous to Trump’s resolution as effectively. At midnight on January 31, the jap nation closed the vast majority of its land border crossings with China. Later, on February 18, Russia banned the doorway of all Chinese residents into the nation.

Trump has repeatedly pointed to his early journey restrictions on China as an indication of his efforts to fight the unfold of the coronavirus. Many well being specialists consider that the choice, which was criticized by some Democrats as “racist,” was an efficient measure that purchased the U.S. important time to mitigate the outbreak. However, the federal government was gradual to roll out testing for the virus, making it not possible to trace the unfold of infections or isolate those that had been contagious.

Trump Adviser Claims President Was First Leader to Restrict Travel From China Due to Coronavirus, But North Korea and Italy Did Earlier
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence hear as White House Trade and Manufacturing Policy Director Peter Navarro speaks throughout the day by day briefing on the novel coronavirus on the White House on March 22 in Washington, D.C. ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty

Comparatively, South Korea, which had its first confirmed case on the identical day because the U.S., labored shortly to roll out testing and isolate these contaminated. Now, simply over two months later, South Korea has had simply 9,241 confirmed instances of coronavirus, whereas the U.S. now has almost 80,000. On Thursday, South Korea reported solely 104 new instances, marking 15 days of recent confirmed infections hovering round 100 or much less. In the U.S., New York alone reported 6,448 new instances.