On January 18, the Trump administration announced that it would be lifting some of the travel ban restrictions that were put in effect in March. Effective January 26, the Trump administration said it would be removing restrictions on travel from Brazil, the U.K. Ireland and parts of Europe. Restrictions on Iran and China would remain in place under the Trump administration ban.
Mr. Trump cited coordination with U.S. officials and transparency as the justification for lifting travel restrictions on Europe and Brazil.
Biden White House press secretary Jen Psaki immediately tweeted that the incoming administration did not intend to abide by the change.
“With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel,” Psaki wrote.
The White House official with direct knowledge of the action also said Sunday that the Centers for Disease Control will not consider granting temporary waivers to airlines to exempt countries with limited COVID testing capacity. CDC officials will consider case-by-case humanitarian exemptions.
A White House official also confirmed to CBS News that CDC director Rochelle Walensky will sign a separate order on Monday that will require masks on all airplanes, trains, subways, ferries, buses and ride share services like Uber and Lyft.
It’s one thing to spew rhetoric and make claims as to what you would do if you were in charge running for office. It’s altogether different when you have to lead and actually be responsible for the lives of the people you serve.
President Biden in now responsible and even though he has only been in office for a little over a week. He has started out by doing exactly what President Trump started and what he railed against. He is destroying jobs with killing the permit for the Keystone pipe line, and he has no plan for the vaccine that President Trump handed him and was distributing.