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Trump Makes Major Blunders in His National Address on Coronavirus


President Donald Trump made major blunders during his Oval Office address to the nation on Wednesday night.

Trump made the mistakes while announcing the federal government’s planned response to the coronavirus, each of which has put him and Vice President Mike Pence — who is leading the effort — under fire.

When discussing a travel ban from Europe, Trump said Americans will be exempt that have “undergone appropriate screenings.”

But shortly after, the Department of Homeland Security clarified that the travel ban will only apply to foreign nationals who have been to the 26 countries in the Schengen region of Europe within 14 days of arrival in the United States. The ban also doesn’t apply to U.S. citizens or permanent residents and their families.

In reference to trade, Trump made another blunder.

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He told the viewing audience that the travel restrictions would “apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval.”

Shortly after, the White House said the ban does not apply to goods and trade cargo.

“The restriction stops people not goods,” Trump also tweeted.

The mistakes left Pence flatfooted during an appearance on CNN when host Alisyn Camerota grilled him about the policy announcement.

“Why the confusion?” she asked.

“I don’t think it was confusion,” Pence responded. “The president took another historic step, just like he did in January with China, to suspend all travel from Europe for the next 30 days.”

As of Thursday, stocks fell another 8%, setting off the second halt to trading this week. Over 130,000 people have been infected globally by the coronavirus and at least 4,900 people have died, according to The New York Times.

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Isaac Saul is a senior politics reporter, editor and founding member at A Plus, the positive news oulet founded by Ashton Kutcher. He also writes the independent, non-partisan, ad-free politics newsletter Tangle. His reporting focuses on Congress, elections, immigration and climate change. His writing has appeared in CNN, The New York Daily News, The Forward, Yahoo!, The Huffington Post, Quartz, and been cited by The Washington Post, The New York Times and Fox News, among others. Before A Plus, he was an Associate Editor at The Huffington Post and the sports editor at The Pitt News.

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