U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is suspending all travel from Europe for 30 days, beginning Friday at midnight, as he seeks to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
In an primetime televised Oval Office address meant to counter criticism that he's taken the matter too lightly, Trump framed his announcement as a suspension of "all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days."
Following the address, the administration moved quickly to correct the President’s statement: The ban will apply only to foreign nationals and not to American citizens who had been screened before entering the country, mimicking restrictions he applied to China last month.
The restrictions won't apply to the United Kingdom.
Calling his move an "unprecedented response," Trump said he was marshalling the full power of the government "to protect the American people."
Stock futures tumbled on the prospect of a trade freeze and Trump was forced to clarify he was not blocking goods from Europe, despite saying his ban would "apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo" across the Atlantic. He tweeted the ban would apply to "people not goods".