10 thoughts on “Trump bans travel from EU to USA 30 days starting Friday”

  1. 10 Cents:
    Why is the UK exempted?

    My guess: five-dimensional chess.  The UK is not in the EU, so it can be treated differently.  Doing so endorses Brexit.  There have been relatively few cases in the UK, so a less restrictive ban is justified.  He’s playing two or three moves ahead: the goal is a reciprocal free trade agreement between the UK and US, including transparent cross-licensing of financial services.  By drawing this distinction between the UK and EUSSR now, he’s signalling that such a deal is on the table before Election Day in the U.S.

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  2. Morons:

    He accused the EU of not taking the precautions the U.S. had to prevent the spread of coronavirus from China. “The European Union failed to take the same precautions and restrict travel from China and other hot spots,” Mr. Trump said. “As a result a large number of new clusters in the United States were seeded by travel.” But he did not explain why he made an exception for the U.K., which has had six coronavirus deaths so far and has 373 cases, including the health minister.

    Are these people retarded?  The UK is not in the EU.  That comment (itals added) is sheer editorializing in the guise of news.  And it’s patently wrong.

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  3. John Walker:
    My guess: five-dimensional chess.

    I don’t think you have to look as deeply as five dimensions.  The UK has confirmed cases at a higher rate than the USA, but not nearly so bad as Continental Europe.  And a really nice gesture of friendship and cooperation for Boris in a way that was understated but is not going unnoticed.

    I think President Trump’s new travel restrictions make more sense than cancelling school at universities in cities with no confirmed cases of Covid 19.

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  4. I endorse the 5-dimensional chess argument.  The public take is likely to be related to Brexit’s ending of Britain’s open border with the EU.

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  5. MJBubba:
    I think President Trump’s new travel restrictions make more sense than cancelling school at universities in cities with no confirmed cases of Covid 19.

    “Social distancing” is the most obvious and low-impact mitigation of the spread of a virus.  Whenever you have large gatherings of people, there’s the possibility of spread.  Reducing them is prudent.  It’s not like a whole lot of learning is going on in these huge one-to-many lecture courses at legacy universities anyway.

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  6. MJBubba:

    John Walker:
    My guess: five-dimensional chess.

    I don’t think you have to look as deeply as five dimensions.  The UK has confirmed cases at a higher rate than the USA, but not nearly so bad as Continental Europe.  And a really nice gesture of friendship and cooperation for Boris in a way that was understated but is not going unnoticed.

    Both explanations are good. Actions can have more than cause and more than one benefit.

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  7. John Walker:
    “Social distancing” is the most obvious and low-impact mitigation of the spread of a virus.  Whenever you have large gatherings of people, there’s the possibility of spread.  Reducing them is prudent.

    This has the highest benefit-to-cost ratio. Reducing travel from the Continent is beneficial but has a much higher cost. If the situation in the UK and EU were reversed vis a vis confirmed cases and death, the US would probably not apply the restrictions in reverse for multi-dimensional-chess reasons.

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