The European Union (EU) is bristling at President Trump’s implication that COVID-19 is a “foreign virus” and his subsequent order restricting travel from Europe to the United States.
FlightAware estimates that 400 flights daily make that trans-Atlantic trip, but for the next 30 days, the United States will turn away most foreign citizens who have moved through Europe’s passport-free travel zone at any point for 14 days prior to their U.S. arrival.
The embargo does not include the United Kingdom or Ireland, which is not part of the so-called Schengen zone. “The European Union disapproves of the fact that the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation,” European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement.
“The coronavirus is a global crisis, not limited to any continent and it requires cooperation rather than unilateral action.” With the virus affecting all 27 EU members, top officials have vowed to work together to fight the disease and are expected to stand united in their response to the new Trump policy.
source: Associated Press