European officials were blindsided by Trump's announcement of a travel ban amid the coronavirus pandemic
European officials were "blindsided" by President Donald Trump's announcement of travel restrictions between the US and Europe, CNN reported on Wednesday. Trump announced on Wednesday that the US will ban all travel from 26 European countries by non-US citizens, permanent residents, or some family members of US citizens and permanent residents for thirty days. He added that the "prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amounts of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval. Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing." Multiple European ambassadors in Washington, DC, weren't given a heads up about Trump's announcement even though they were in touch with the administration over the past few days, CNN reported. The State Department also didn't know the exact details of what Trump was going to announce. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
European countries were caught off guard by US President Donald Trump's announcement of travel restrictions between the US and Europe, CNN reported on Wednesday. On Wednesday evening, Trump addressed the nation and detailed several steps the US will take as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Trump said the US will ban all travel from 26 European countries for thirty days — with exceptions for US citizens, permanent residents, and some immediate family members of US citizens or permanent residents. He added that the "prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amounts of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval. Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing." But the White House and the president himself scrambled to clarify his comments as futures tanked in response to his announcement. "Hoping to get the payroll tax cut approved by both Republicans and Democrats, and please remember, very important for all countries & businesses to know that trade will in no way be affected by the 30-day restriction on travel from Europe. The restriction stops people not goods," Trump tweeted, contradicting his earlier remarks. CNN reported that multiple European ambassadors in Washington, DC, weren't given a heads up about Trump's announcement even though they were in touch with the administration over the past few days. Instead, they were only told after the fact. The State Department also didn't know the exact details of what Trump was going to announce, CNN reported. US stock futures and markets around the world slid after Trump's announcement as concerns about the economic fall out from the coronavirus pandemic continued to dominate. Futures for the three major US indexes were down sharply in after-hours trading with S&P 500, Nasdaq, and Dow Jones industrial average futures all down more than 4.5%. Futures do not correlate directly with trading during regular hours, but the slides came just hours after the Dow officially fell into bear market territory, meaning the index was down 20% from its recent heights. The move ended the longest bull market run in history for the index, which start on March 9, 2009. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were just short of entering bear markets. The World Health Organization officially classified coronavirus, which leads to a disease called COVID-19, as a pandemic on Wednesday. More than 125,000 people have been infected across the globe and there have been more than 4,500 deaths. At least 1,240 people in 42 states and Washington, D.C., have tested positive for coronavirus, according to The New York Times, and at least 37 patients with the virus have died. The veteran actor Tom Hanks announced in a statement Wednesday evening that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, have tested positive for the virus after traveling to Australia, where there are 128 confirmed cases of the illness. The National Basketball Association (NBA) also suspended its season on Wednesday after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. The NBA made the decision after a game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder was called off, though the sequence of events was unclear. ESPN's Royce Young reported that prior to tip-off, a team doctor sprinted out onto the court to speak to team officials. Bob Bryan contributed to this report.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A law professor weighs in on how Trump could beat impeachment
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President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the US would temporarily close its border with Canada...President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the US would temporarily close its border with Canada to all nonessential traffic. "We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic," Trump tweeted. "Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!" Trump tweeted. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday afternoon that Canada would close its borders to anyone who is not a citizen, permanent resident, or US citizen as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. This story is breaking. Check back for updates. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the US will temporarily shut down its border with Canada to all "non-essential traffic." "We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!" Trump tweeted. Trump's announcement comes as the novel coronavirus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, continues sweeping across the globe. The World Health Organization classified the coronavirus as a pandemic on March 11. To date, more than 204,000 people have been infected and 8,244 have died. In the US, at least 5,881 people across every state, plus Washington, DC, and three territories, have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a New York Times database, and at least 107 patients with the virus have died. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday afternoon that Canada would close its borders to anyone who is not a citizen, permanent resident, or US citizen as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. As of Wednesday evening, Canada has 569 confirmed cases and 26 probable cases. Federal and state officials in the US have significantly tightened restrictions on social movement in recent days as the number of confirmed coronavirus infections skyrockets. Trump on Monday recommended that Americans avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. The White House also recommended that Americans homeschool their children, avoid nonessential travel, and avoid bars and restaurants. The guidelines aren't mandatory, but they came after many cities and states, including New York, closed businesses such as theaters, bars, and gyms, required restaurants to provide only delivery and takeout, and prohibited large gatherings. Various states have also closed public schools. The global economy is also tanking amid investor panic over the virus. US stock futures tumbled into "limit down" territory and oil plunged to a 17-year low on Wednesday as investors seemed to brush off sweeping government proposals and actions meant to ease the novel coronavirus' effects on the world economy. Futures contracts for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq hit their exchange-enforced limits on losses, according to Bloomberg. Oil prices — already hit hard by a price war and concerns that the coronavirus would erode demand — slumped to 2003 levels. Theron Mohamed contributed to this report.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
The coronavirus outbreak began nearly three months ago. But on Thursday, the magnitude of the pandemic...The coronavirus outbreak began nearly three months ago. But on Thursday, the magnitude of the pandemic hit home in America. The outbreak was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday. A slew of major cancellations in the US followed soon after, including sports seasons and movie premieres. In the US, there are nearly 1,700 confirmed cases, and 41 people have died from the disease. Grade schools are shuttering to keep students at home, and universities are extending spring breaks and hosting online classes. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus was officially declared a pandemic on Wednesday. The next day, the magnitude of the situation hit home in America. The virus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, has been found in more than 100 countries outside of the outbreak's epicenter in Wuhan, China. Since the outbreak began late last December, the number of coronavirus cases has surpassed 128,000, with a death toll of at least 4,720. In the US, there are nearly 1,700 confirmed cases, and at least 41 people have died from the disease. Though, two weeks ago, Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sounded the alarm saying, "It's not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness," before Wednesday night, and to a greater degree on Thursday, the US had a mixed response to the coronavirus outbreak. Americans appeared to respond by panic-buying supplies, but social distancing practices were not immediately put into effect. States only began to declare emergencies at the end of February, the White House continued to give mixed messages about the severity of the outbreak, and testing for COVID-19 has lagged behind other countries. There were signs that the country was moving in the direction of social distancing measures: This week SXSW was canceled, Coachella and Stagecoach were postponed. Tech companies began asking employees to work from home and a spooked stock market tumbled into bear territory; on Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial reached its lowest since 1987. But then the dam broke. On Wednesday night, two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson announced they had tested positive for the coronavirus, while they were in Australia for pre-production of the upcoming untitled Elvis Presley biopic. The Hanks' announcement hit at the same time as a televised address by President Donald Trump. In his speech, which necessitated several clarifications from the White House thereafter, President Donald Trump announced that travel from Europe except for the United Kingdom would be suspended for 30 days — adding to the nation's existent travel advisories to parts of Asia. He also announced potential economic measures as the US braces for the economic fallout of the disease, including asking Congress to provide payroll tax relief and waivers for small businesses. The dominoes continued to tumble. The coronavirus — which shut down much of China for a month and forced an unprecedented country-wide lockdown in Italy — was real. Though the president has not declared a national emergency, 25 states have declared emergencies, and companies have stepped in to implement social distancing measures — banning large gatherings and canceling events. US sports and entertainment have taken a hit. Wednesday evening, the NBA also announced it would suspend its 2019-2020 season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, also prompting a quarantine on the teams he had played in the days prior to his diagnosis. On Thursday, the MLB, NHL, and NCAA followed suit, canceling all games and postseason tournaments like March Madness. NASCAR and Indycar will continue to hold races but with no fans in attendance. Aside from sports, the entertainment industry in the US has also borne the brunt of the disease. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of more than 500 people, shuttering Broadway until mid-April. Disney postponed the premieres of upcoming movies, including the must-anticipated release of the live-action "Mulan." Major US amusement parks at Disneyland, Disney World, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Orlando Resort announced that their doors would be closing to visitors until the end of the month. Grade schools are shuttering and universities are extending spring breaks and hosting online classes. Universities in the US — including Columbia, Harvard, and Ohio State — are moving students off-campus and shifting over to remote classes amid the outbreak. Local school districts have also been moving to cancel classes and keep students at home, including Houston Independent School District, which is the seventh-largest school district in the country. This is only a sampling of the ways the US has been responding to the coronavirus outbreak, and it exemplifies the sudden reactive approach the country is taking to the outbreak nearly three months since it began. In comparison, China imposed an unprecedented quarantine on tens of millions of people living in the country, including the 11 million people living in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Italy, which has been the second hardest-hit country by the coronavirus, put the entire country on lockdown and shut down all stores except for groceries and pharmacies. 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