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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, May 23, 2020

In the final days before the United States faced a full-blown epidemic, President Trump made a last-ditch attempt to prevent people infected with the coronavirus from reaching the country. "To keep new cases from entering our shores," Trump said in an Oval Office address on March 11, "we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days." (A) policy intended to block the pathogen's entry into the United States instead delivered one final viral infusion.

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"We kept foreign nationals out of the country but not the virus," said Tom Bossert, who served as adviser of homeland security at the White House until last year. "That was a strategic miscalculation."

Epidemiologists contend the U.S. outbreak was driven overwhelmingly by viral strains from Europe rather than China. More than 1.8 million travelers entered the United States from Europe in February alone as that continent became the center of the pandemic. Infections reached critical mass in New York and other cities well before the White House took action, according to studies mapping the virus's spread. The crush of travelers triggered by Trump's announcement only added to that viral load.

This is what critics that called Trump's sieve-like "travel bans" ineffective were trying to point out. Stopping Chinese from entering the US didn't stop infected Americans coming back from China who were never placed under mandatory quarantines nor given covid tests as a matter of their re-entry.

And even moreso with Americans returning from Europe. The story recounts how Trump's dithering responses and his final panic move to halt travel absolutely drove many Americans to come back when with better understanding they may have stayed where they were. And again, once the virus' spread was understood, the federal government should have made sure that every citizen re-entering from Europe were tested, traced and ordered into mandatory quarantine. Instead, these people spread out throughout America and helped transmit the virus as they moved.

None of this was unknown or unpredictable. There is no excuse for what we're experiencing now at the levels we're dealing with it. Competent governing should have greatly minimized the numbers of infected and deaths. So much of this is undeniably Trump's fault because of the very decisions he himself made.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-23 12:51 PM | Reply

Of course it did.

Anybody who saw those pictures of travelers packed into line after line after line in airports as they tried to get back before the ban was enacted knew that this was going to be the result.

Trump and the people around him are simplistic hammers, nothing more.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-23 01:58 PM | Reply

How did the U.S. fail to even administer temperature checks for arriving passengers? Unbelievable ...

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-23 03:27 PM | Reply

How did the U.S. fail to even administer temperature checks for arriving passengers? Unbelievable ...

#3 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

Temperature tests are fake tests. It's like pretending to test but not really.

America could not even pretend to test.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-24 10:52 AM | Reply

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