When President Trump imposed a travel ban on China last month, he was widely criticized by the usual assortment of clowns, mostly Hollywood limousine liberals and left-wing Democratic kooks, accusing him of racism and xenophobia.
Impose travel restrictions on Europe?? Armageddon!
Well, Saudi Arabia and a number of African states have imposed similar travel restrictions on Europe and all we are hearing from the loony left is…crickets.
President Trump announced a 30-day suspension of travel from Europe, with some exceptions, that will take effect at midnight on Friday. https://t.co/eDwf3kqPXK
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 12, 2020
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, the virus has spread across the globe, and has impacted Italy and Iran the most outside of mainland China. As a result, President Trump earlier this week imposed a travel ban on Europe.
Following suit, the government of Saudi Arabia implemented a similar ban on the EU, along with Switzerland and numerous Asian countries, among them India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The ban also extends to the Philippines, as well as several African countries.
In addition to the travel restrictions, Saudi Arabia also imposed an internal quarantine on the Qatif oil region, home to many Shi’ite Muslims, and suspended G20 meetings and other mass gatherings, among them pilgrimages and sporting events.
The kingdom has had 17 additional confirmed cases in the kingdom, which increased the total on March 13 to 62.
In Africa, several states have also imposed similar restrictions, asking residents of the United States and 11 European countries to travel to their specific countries or face a two-week quarantine on arrival, according to the Globe and Mail.
Among African countries, Kenya and Zanzibar have announced bans on travel from Italy, while the Democratic Republic of the Congo is imposing a 14-day self-quarantine rule on travelers from China, Italy, France and Germany.
Unlike the hue and cry when President Trump imposed the travel ban on Europe, the actions by the Saudi kingdom and African states has been reported in neutral terms.
Trump was also criticized when he referred to China as the source of the coronavirus (which was widely reported by the media a month or so back) or referring to it as a “foreign born” illness.
Liberal media pundits want you to think referring to the coronavirus as the "Wuhan" or "Chinese" virus is racist.
Here's just a few of the times the liberal media did just that. pic.twitter.com/ss3kV5smSP
— MRCTV.org (@mrctv) March 12, 2020
Quite honestly, in this author’s opinion, President Trump could cure cancer and the left would criticize him for putting oncologists out of business…such is the hate and vitriol for the president.
Saudi Arabia announced that it would suspend international flight for two weeks in response to the outbreak, while New Zealand announced a mandatory two-week quarantine for anyone entering the country.
In Spain on Saturday, the country’s media reported that the country’s government will be announcing a countrywide lockdown while declaring a two-week state of emergency due to the sharp rise in coronavirus infections in that country.
As the worldwide death toll from the virus went past 5,000 on Saturday, and total cases numbering more than 140,000, the United States announced that it was extending the travel restrictions imposed on the European Union to Britain and Ireland.
Trump was initially criticized for excluding those locations from the initial travel ban, with leftist whiners complaining that this was done because the president owns properties in both Ireland and Scotland.
Those travel restrictions will go into effect on Tuesday. The change in policy was announced by Vice President Mike Pence.
Here’s an example of one such whiner:
— Tom Buhse (@BuhseTom) March 12, 2020
“Americans in the UK or Ireland can come home. Legal residents can come home,” Pence announced at a White House news conference on Saturday, while adding that such people will be “funneled through specific airports and processed.”
The president had later confirmed after the initial European ban was announced that the ban might be extended to Britain and Ireland because “they’ve had a little bit of activity, unfortunately.”
— Times of News Europe (@TimesEurope) March 12, 2020
When the president announced the travel ban at the end of January, he was widely criticized by leftists and the left-wing media, who accused him of “overreacting.”
However, it has become accepted that although the ban did not prevent the spread of coronavirus, it likely bought some time so that efforts could be undertaken to deal with the expected outbreak when it occurs.
Of course, Democrats, who were in the middle of their obsessive impeachment witch hunt when the virus started to overtake the Wuhan province of China have little room to criticize the president.
No more pussyfooting around the fact that China is the problem, not the solution. They hid the virus, then rejected the CDC help early on. Stop the outsourcing. Our health and safety depends on it. We must not be dependent on China. Period.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 13, 2020
The response to the coronavirus outbreak is but just one example of the divide that has taken over our country. Instead of working together toward a common purpose, the whole response has been for the most part political gamesmanship.
This should be a time to put politics aside and work for a common solution for what may well be a national nightmare, at least temporarily.
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel said of the divide:
“Unfortunately, our Congress has been captive to raw partisanship instead of compromise and accomplishment,” said Hagel, a Republican who represented Nebraska for two terms in the Senate and served as defense secretary under President Obama from 2013-2015.
“This is a national tragedy and it’s a national challenge and could be a national disaster if we don’t work together.”
Hagel made his comments after a series of back and forth between the Trump White House and Congressional Democrats, and which occurred before the bi-partisan relief packaged approved in the House Friday night.
While both sides urged the other not to politicize the crisis, both sides did, taking shots at each other. To Hagel’s point, it was not necessarily productive.
The president, in a tweet referred to “do nothing Democrats.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., released a joint statement Thursday in which they included what they wanted in a funding bill to help deal with the outbreak. The statement included the line: “this is not the time for name-calling or playing politics,” an apparent jab at the president.
“I don’t think it helps anybody or gets us to a solution or gets us to where we need to be when we go after each other in these rank—just raw partisan ways,” Hagel said, while adding that the senate should be encouraged to form a “bipartisan caucus” to work on regular order.
This is when Republicans and Democrats us the sub-committee and committee processes to “address differences, compromise, pass oversight legislation,” among other functions.
Hagel noted, “The Senate doesn’t do that anymore.”
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