“I know the temperament of Donald Trump, who by the way maybe reacted a bit later than some other countries, most notably European countries, on the issue, ”Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, France’s junior minister for transportation, told reporters in Paris after a meeting with representatives from France’s transportation and travel businesses . In Italy, the European nation hardest hit by the pandemic, Romano Prodi, a former prime minister and president of the European Union, defended his nation’s response. He said Mr. Trump had a right to do what he thought was best, though he thought there were “less damaging” alternatives than the travel ban.
“I think that coronavirus is already also an American problem,” Mr. Prodi said.
according to the (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control , an agency of the European Union, about , (0 cases of infection and deaths have been reported across Europe, including in Britain. Mr. Trump’s ban exempts Britain and Ireland.
Christian Drosten, head of virology at Berlin’s Charité research hospital, said that Mr. Trump’s decision was “pointless ” and that it had been based on erroneous data.
“It is clear that testing in the US started too late, and as a result, they don’t even know how many cases they have in their country, ”Dr. Drosten said on Germany’s public broadcaster N.D.R. “So he can easily point the finger at European countries that have higher numbers of infections, due to consistent testing.” With the sudden travel ban, many in Europe – a continent that in recent years has rigid shut its doors to successive waves of migrants from the Middle East and Africa – abruptly found themselves in an unfamiliar position. “The US is doing to Europe what Europe did to southern countries in Africa and in the Middle East, ” said Frédéric Keck, a French anthropologist specializing in pandemics.
“Europe is being ostracized,” he said.
At Charles de Gaulle, Camille Allain, a Frenchwoman, had just landed after a flight from Boston during which she had learned of the ban from the American seated next to her. “It’s really strange to hear that I can’t enter a country because I’m French, ” she said.