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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Dana Milbank: On Monday, France and Germany, enjoying low levels of the virus, opened up to travelers from within the European Union. German tourist attractions reopened, and Paris reopened restaurants. French President Emmanuel Macron said it's time to "rediscover our taste for freedom." But U.S. visitors won't be allowed.



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The world is reopening, safely in many places, because responsible governments made the right decisions about the pandemic. Life there is slowly returning to normal.

And then, there is the United States. We just regained our worldwide lead in reported new cases, passing Brazil, with nearly 24,000 per day. USA! USA! We have had a world-leading 2.1 million infected and 116,000 dead. Much of the world doesn't want America's infected hordes traveling there.

Who can blame them? Other governments took the pandemic seriously and responded competently. Ours didn't, and doesn't. The willy-nilly reopening here, with safety requirements ignored and inadequate contact tracing, has allowed the virus to spread in much of the country, particularly in states that were most reckless in their reopenings.

... The behavior of Trump, and of like-minded governors operating with his encouragement, is self-defeating, for it delays the restoration of commerce and the return to normal that countries around the world are now savoring. The United States, long the envy of the world, now fumbles while others move ahead. A president who promised to put "America First" instead put us at the back of the line.

The economic footprint of America is so huge globally I wonder whether many nations dependent upon travelers can survive without business from Americans. But in the short term, many nations are keeping their doors shut to Americans - or requiring a prohibitive 14-day quarantine just to get in their doors.

In other words, our nation's inability to effectively mitigate the coronavirus will continue to negatively affect any return to normalcy for the foreseeable future because the rest of the world is operating by the best practices of science and medicine while the US' response has now morphed into the same one preferred after each and every school shooting - hopes and prayers.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-15 10:39 PM | Reply

... The virus-laden United States ...

Sad but true.

Some of the early hot-spots (Ny, NJ, CT) are doing well of late.

But now that the virus is traveling into the Heartland, things are not progressing as well.

And the world knows it.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-15 10:58 PM | Reply

But U.S. visitors won't be allowed.

Didn't see it in the read but I would assume that they're not coming here for a while either. I can live with that.

#3 | Posted by 6thPersona at 2020-06-16 09:53 AM | Reply

We got the cooties. Stop touching us.

Don't make me come back there.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-06-16 10:16 AM | Reply

I would assume that they're not coming here for a while either. I can live with that.


And I can safely assume that you don't depend on international tourism for a living. Millions of Americans, however, do.

#5 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-06-16 10:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Any country would be wise to keep us out.

America has 4.2% of the world's population and 26% of its Covid deaths.

We have a unique combination of bad-faith leadership and misguided notions of invincibility.

#6 | Posted by JOE at 2020-06-16 11:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Didn't see it in the read but I would assume that they're not coming here for a while either. I can live with that.


Damn. It must be very difficult being this stupid. How do you make it through a normal day?

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-06-16 11:35 AM | Reply

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