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RELEASE: Why Trump’s EU Travel Restrictions Won’t Help Prevent Coronavirus Outbreak
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RELEASE: Why Trump’s EU Travel Restrictions Won’t Help Prevent Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from the European Union has caused widespread panic, threatened the economy, and further damaged the transatlantic relationship, according to a new column from the Center for American Progress.

“At this moment of global crisis, the United States should be showing solidarity with its closest allies, not needlessly sowing division and baselessly attacking them,” said Max Bergmann, a senior fellow at CAP and co-author of the column.

Instead of providing an update on plans to combat the coronavirus outbreak or committing to widespread testing, Trump took the opportunity to once again attack Europe. His remarks fit his pattern of attacking European allies instead of offering solidarity or trying to find solutions to shared challenges. This approach to Europe is wrong and merely seems to advance Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agenda to divide the transatlantic alliance.

Read the column: “Why Trump’s EU Travel Restrictions Do Not Help To Prevent Coronavirus Outbreak” by Max Bergmann and Siena Cicarelli.

For more information or to talk to an expert, please contact Sam Hananel at shananel@americanprogress.org or 202-478-6327.