President Donald Trump says he “took a lot of heat” when his administration first announced preemptive travel restrictions to protect Americans from coronavirus – but, that the decision is now getting an “A+++” grade.
“Border security is also health security,” Trump said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday:
“Border security is also health security.
“In our efforts to keep America safe, my administration has taken the most aggressive action in modern history to take control of our borders and protect Americans from the coronavirus…came from China.
“In the early stages of the foreign outbreak, I ordered sweeping travel restrictions to prevent the uncontrolled spread of this disease. I took a lot of heat, because I did it very early. You know, we had never done it before…never done it before, and we had never done anything like that before. But, not only did we do it, but I did it very early.
“And that decision has been now been given very good grades, like an A+++.”
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) credits the early implementation of travel restrictions for the low number of coronavirus cases in the U.S.:
“I hearken back to the original decision that was made by the president of making sure that we knew the scenario that was going on in China. We prevented travel from China to the United States.
“If we had not done that, we would have had many, many more cases right here that we would have to be dealing with.”