Trump clarified in his remarks that the new restrictions would not apply to the United Kingdom. “At the same time, we are monitoring the situation in China, in South Korea, and as their situation improves, we will reevaluate the restrictions and warnings that are currently in place for a possible early opening,” the president added.
After the announcement, European Council official Charles Michel tweeted, “Following the travel ban @realDonaldTrump announced, we will assess the situation today. Economic disruption must be avoided. #Europe is taking all necessary measures to contain the spread of the #COVID19 virus, limit the number of affected people and support research.”
“This is not a financial crisis,” the president continued. “This is just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome together as a nation and as a world.”
“Each of us has a role to play in defending this virus. Wash your hands; clean often used surfaces; cover your face and mouth if you sneeze or cough, and most of all, if you are sick or not feeling well, stay home,” said Trump.
“To ensure that working Americans impacted by the virus can stay at home without fear of financial hardship, I will soon be taking emergency action, which is unprecedented to provide financial relief,” he promised. “This will be targeted for workers who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others due to virus.”
Travel restrictions announced on Wednesday by President Donald Trump ban most foreign nationals who have traveled to Schengen Area countries in Europe during the previous 14 days from entering the United States, the Homeland Security Department said.
The restrictions, meant to combat the spread of the coronavirus, do not apply to legal permanent residents of the United States, nor does it generally apply to immediate family members of American citizens, DHS said in a statement.
The United States did not coordinate the 30-day ban on European travel with European officials before Trump announced it late on Wednesday, a European diplomat said.
Trump, in a televised address, said his government had been in frequent contact with US allies, but European Union officials were not notified about the decision ahead of time, said the diplomat, who was not authorized to speak publicly.
“There was no heads up, no coordination as the president claimed,” the diplomat said.
Reuters contributed to this report.