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Europeans throw tantrum over Trump travel ban

The president was only protecting the United States from the spread of coronavirus.

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President Donald Trump took the wise step Wednesday night of putting a temporary halt to travel from Europe, excluding the U.K., as the coronavirus there has spread to a wider degree than it has here. The European Union is having a fit over it.

When asked about it, Trump said, “We get along well with the European leaders, but we had to make a decision and I didn’t want to take time, and it takes a long time to make the individual calls… But we had to move quickly, I mean when they raise taxes on us, they don’t consult us and I think that’s probably one and the same.”

The reaction of the European Union was swift and petulant.

“The European Union disapproves of the fact that the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation,” EU Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. “The European Union is taking strong action to limit the spread of the virus.”

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If you look at Italy in relation to the virus, their action has been too little too late. Why exclude the U.K. from the ban?

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The president said, “The U.K. basically has got the border, strong borders and they’re doing a very good job, they don’t have much infection and hopefully they’ll keep it that way.”

For the Europeans, who almost daily mock and criticize the president and this nation, to complain about this common sense measure takes a lot of nerve.

Did they think we would put our relations with them over a public health crisis in this country? Did they not foresee that this dynamic president would not ask for permission from them before taking decisive action to deal with this vital matter?

They would be better advised to put their own public health policies in order before going to the cry-baby option of criticizing our own.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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