Trump on Travel Ban: Europe Doesn’t Consult Us Before They Raise Taxes on Us

By Melanie Arter | March 12, 2020 | 4:06pm EDT
(Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

( – President Donald Trump’s decision to ban travel for foreign nationals from Europe to the United States was made without consulting European leaders – a decision he said he had to make quickly.

When Europe raises taxes on the United States, it doesn’t consult the U.S., he noted.

Speaking to reporters at the White House before a bilateral meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Trump said, “Well, we get along very well with the European leaders, but we had to make a decision, and I didn’t want to take time and -- you know, it takes a long time to make the individual calls, and we are calling, and we have spoken to some of them prior to -- some of the majors, prior to, but we had to move quickly. 
“I mean, when they raise taxes on us, they don’t consult us, and I think that’s probably one in the same.  They’ve done things -- the European Union, as you know, has done some very big tax raises over the years, not so much with me because I won’t put up with it, but they haven’t consulted us.  In the case of the European Union, I consulted with many people,” he said.

When asked to confirm if Ireland will be excluded from the travel ban, Trump said, “Well, they know, and I think it was made very clear last night who is and who isn't, and we’ll be discussing that. We’ll be discussing some other moves that we’re going to be making, and I think it’s going to work out very well for everybody. 
“But it’s a world problem, and you do need separation in some cases. You have some areas that are very heavily infected, and you have some areas that aren’t, frankly, but we do need separation for a little period of time, in some cases,” the president said.

The Irish prime minister said Trump has excluded Ireland from the travel ban.

“Just saying that the president has excluded Ireland from the travel ban, and one of the things that we have in Ireland is CBP, American border security, in Ireland. I went through it myself yesterday, and they were asking the right questions -- whether people had been to China, things like that. So that puts us slightly in a different position,” Varadkar said.

“And one of the reasons the UK, basically, has been: It’s got the border. It’s got very strong borders, and they’re doing a very good job. They don’t have very much infection at this point, and hopefully they’ll keep it that way,” Trump said.

Trump was asked what the overall economic impact of the travel restrictions will be.

Well, it’ll be a big impact, but it’s a bigger impact, and it’s also a human impact, which is more important, frankly, than the financial, when you lose thousands of additional lives. 
As an example, if I didn’t close very, very early, Leo -- you know, we closed very early with China, and I took a lot of heat, including from you people.  A lot of heat.  They called me everything from a ‘racist’ to everything else. It was terrible, and the same people, then they say, ‘Oh, he closed too fast. Why did he close…’ -- most of them said, ‘Why did he close with China?’ That turned out to be a great move.
What we did with Europe is -- this was the time, and China -- a lot of it came from -- when you think of what happened to Europe, because it was very fast and very furious, and what happened is a lot of people went from China into Europe, and Europe suffered tremendously. You know, you see what’s going on, and so I just wanted that to stop as it pertains to the United States, and that’s what we’ve done -- we’ve stopped it.



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