Trump Takes Drastic Action to Limit Coronavirus Impact on U.S.
While Democrats spent the day whining about xenophobia, lecturing about the “racism” of referring to the coronavirus with any terminology that might correctly denote its country of origin, and criticizing every last thing the administration has done to combat the spread of the disease, President Trump used Wednesday to develop a decisive plan of action. In an announcement on national television, Trump ordered all travel from Europe to the United States shut down, with exceptions only for U.S. citizens and people flying from the United Kingdom.
With the stock market in turmoil, cases spreading rapidly in several American states, and entire countries on virtual lockdown, the time was exactly right for President Trump to take massive action against the coronavirus and its resulting COVID-19 disease. Instead of taking a wait-and-see approach or worrying about whether his actions might be termed politically incorrect by liberals with dubious motives, he acted the way a leader should act.
It’s not easy in America for government officials to strike a balance between liberty and safety, and it’s not easy to make America First decisions when you risk angering allies around the globe. But that’s why Trump was elected – to make the tough decisions that other presidents would not. On Wednesday night, he proved that he is exactly the man we need in charge right now.
“We made a lifesaving move with early action on China,” Trump said in his primetime address to the nation. “Now we must take the same action with Europe.”
Trump, being a businessman before all else, was also clearheaded about the impact the coronavirus was having – and was going to have – on the American economy. To that end, he directed federal agencies to provide financial relief “for workers who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others due to coronavirus,” and he asked Congress to bolster that relief through allocations. He also noted that the U.S. will delay tax deadlines for some individuals and businesses and he instructed the Small Business Administration to provide low-interest loans to companies who need extra liquidity to get through the crisis.
Trump was also careful to pad his measures with a note of cautious comfort: “This is not a financial crisis. This just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome together as a nation and as a world.”
It is of course important and essential for the U.S. president to do everything possible to stop the spread of panic, but with the Dow Jones on a tumble, events – including NBA games – being canceled, and the travel industry preparing to take an enormous hit, the real question becomes: How temporary is temporary? How bad will things get before they get better?
And with these uncertainties in the air, it may be a while before the U.S. and the world gets back to that underrated state we call “normal.”