President Donald Trump, who was already predisposed to the idea of limiting further immigration into the country, has not hesitated to halt travel into the U.S. from a number of nations over coronavirus concerns.
The White House announced Sunday that Brazil had been added to the COVID-19-related entry ban list after it became clear that the viral outbreak in that South American country is worsening, Breitbart reported.
Trump halts travel from Brazil
“Today, the President has taken decisive action to protect our country by suspending the entry of aliens who have been in Brazil during the 14-day period before seeking admittance to the United States,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement announcing the move.
“As of May 23, 2020, Brazil had 310,087 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is the third-highest number of confirmed cases in the world,” she continued. “Today’s action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country.”
The press secretary added: “These new restrictions do not apply to the flow of commerce between the United States and Brazil.”
Along with that statement from the press secretary, the White House also posted President Trump’s official proclamation on the suspension of entry into the U.S. for both immigrants and non-immigrants from Brazil at this current point in time. The suspension will actually go into effect at the end of the day on May 28.
That proclamation cited the various legal authorities by which the president was permitted to take such action and listed applicable exemptions from the suspension, while also noting that the halt on incoming travel would remain in place indefinitely until the president decides otherwise.
Taking necessary precautions
The Hill noted that President Trump had hinted earlier in the past week that Brazil could find itself added to the suspended entry list, where it would join China, Iran, most of the European Union nations, as well as Ireland and the United Kingdom.
During a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, when asked about a potential travel ban on Brazil and the rest of Latin America, Trump replied, “We are considering it. We hope that we’re not going to have a problem.”
He went on to note that Brazil was “having problems,” saying, “I don’t want people coming in here and infecting our people.”
Not an easy decision
It is safe to say that President Trump, who gets along quite well with Brazilian President Jairo Bolsonaro, would have preferred to avoid the imposition of tough restrictions on travel from that allied nation and trade partner.
That said, with coronavirus cases on the rise in southern hemisphere nations like Brazil and an overarching priority to keep Americans as safe from unnecessary harm as possible, Trump had little choice but to take the action that he did.