DECISIVE ACTION: Trump Bans Nearly All Travel From Europe To Curb Coronavirus Spread

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( – President Donald Trump has taken decisive action to curb the spread of the Chinese coronavirus by announcing a 30-day ban on most travel to the United States from Europe. The president made the announcement during an Oval Office address to the nation on national television.

His message came on the same day that the World Health Organization officially announced the coronavirus has become a global pandemic.

“We are responding with great speed and professionalism,” the president announced. “To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days.”

The new rules will come into place on Friday, but they will not affect the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. When President Trump refers to “Europe,” he is specifically referring to the Schengen Zone within the European Union. Within this zone, European citizens can travel freely without border checks. As a result of the European Union’s slow reaction to the virus, the Trump administration deemed travel from European countries to be dangerous for the United States and likely to increase the spread of the disease on American shores.

Also in the address, the president announced that he is prepared to take “emergency action” using the “full power of the Federal Government” to deal with the challenge posed by the virus. The decision was made after Congressional Democrats refused to back the president’s proposal to reduce payroll tax to zero.

“Using emergency authority, I will be instructing the Treasury Department to defer tax payments without interest or penalty for certain individuals or businesses negatively impacted,” the president announced in his address.

“Finally, I am calling on Congress to provide Americans with immediate payroll tax relief,” he added.

Despite the clear and present threat of the coronavirus, Democrats refuse to work with the president to reduce taxes and the financial burden on businesses and workers who will be affected by the virus.