Trump’s Euro-Ban Conveniently Doesn’t Affect Travel To And From His Own Resorts Overseas
In a national address he delivered on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump announced a travel ban for much of Europe, with a few notable exceptions.
Importantly, Americans abroad who wish to come home would not be subjected to the ban, although Trump’s new rules would subject citizens of the United States to undergo “appropriate screenings” before they can come back, he said in his speech.
But there were certain places that Trump did not subject to the ban — and as Politico has noted, the president has a certain economic interest tied to them.
One nation that’s specifically exempted from the travel ban is the United Kingdom, which should make you go “huh?” after taking a look at some quick math.
There have been 456 cases of coronavirus reported in that nation, which is smaller than the total so far in the United States. However, proportionally speaking, the UK has a smaller population than the U.S. has, and therefore their rate of infection is higher.
Indeed, looking at things from that angle, the UK has a rate of infection that’s 1.8 times higher than the U.S. If the goal is to prevent travelers, who may be potential carriers of coronavirus, from coming into the country, it doesn’t make sense to exempt a nation that has a higher rate than our own.
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However, the UK is home to two of Trump’s resorts — Trump Turnberry and Trump International Golf Links. Ireland, which is also exempted, is home to a Trump hotel and golf course at Doonbeg.
All three, according to Politico’s reporting, are struggling financially.
This could be a coincidence, but even the appearance of impropriety is meant to be avoided when it comes to the president and his interests outside of his office — a standard that once existed within the White House that Trump abandoned long ago.
Besides the xenophobic way in which Trump described the disease as a “foreign virus,” experts warn that such a travel ban will do almost next to nothing to stop its spread in the United States. “Community spreading” is already happening, where people are developing symptoms of the disease without any links to travelers.
“Germs don’t respect borders, and you can’t wall off every place in the world,” Lawrence Gostin, director of O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, said to Vox about the proposed travel ban.
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