US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he plans to veto the entry to his country of foreigners from Brazil, the Latin American nation with the most cases of COVID-19, and that he would like to remove the ban on travel from Europe. "as soon as possible".
"We are considering it, although we hope we don't have a problem."Trump said in response to a question about whether to enforce a veto on travelers arriving from Brazil, during a meeting with his cabinet at the White House.
Brazil is the third country in the world with more cases of coronavirus after the United States and Russia, with 254,220 confirmed cases of the disease and 16,792 dead until Monday, and it is expected that it will soon move to second place and that its figures will continue to grow until July. , when the peak of the incidence curve is predicted.
"Brazil has gone through the (immunity of) group, they already know what it is, the group, and they are having problems, there is no doubt about that"
The president explained that "Most" of travelers from Brazil and Latin America "arrive in Florida" and he affirmed: "I don't want (infected) people to come and infect our people."
The White House has already vetoed access to the country for travelers from China and most of Europe to contain the expansion of the coronavirus, something that has not prevented infections in the US from exceeding one and a half million cases, and that dead go over 91,000.
"For me, having so many cases is a medal of honor," Trump said at the same event, saying that this shows the ability of the United States to test for coronavirus.
Trump already put the idea of banning travel from Brazil on the table during a press conference on March 31, but since then the cases in the Latin American country have multiplied by more than 40.
On April 28, the president asked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his opinion on the possible imposition of a travel ban on Brazil and other Latin American countries, during a meeting at the White House.
The governor replied that he would only advise that measure if those travelers were "spreading" the disease in his state, and Trump asked him to keep him up to date.
DeSantis said then that he preferred, rather than a veto, to require that travelers to the United States have to undergo a test to rule out having the coronavirus before embarking on flights to that country, and Trump replied that he was thinking about it and " probably ”would.
Asked on Tuesday when the veto on foreigners from most of Europe will be lifted, Trump replied: "I would love to reopen as soon as we can, but we have to make sure that we are doing well (in efforts to contain the pandemic). and that they are doing well. "
The closure of borders with Europe began on March 14 for an initial period of 30 days that has already been renewed, and which can be prolonged as Trump deems appropriate.
With information from EFE
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