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Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel cast a dubious eye at European Union nations considering blocking Americans from entering their countries, questioning if retaliation is the real goal here.
According to the New York Times, in the rush to revive their economies and reopen their borders to travelers, European Union nations “are prepared to block Americans from entering because the United States has failed to control the scourge.”
“That prospect, which would lump American visitors in with Russians and Brazilians as unwelcome, is a stinging blow to American prestige in the world and a repudiation of President Trump’s handling of the virus in the United States, which has more than 2.3 million cases and upward of 120,000 deaths, more than any other country,” the Times reported.
(Source: Fox News)
In an appearance Tuesday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Siegel pointed to when President Donald Trump issued a travel ban on 26 European nations as part of his contingency plan to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
“And you know what the European Union did?” he asked. “They were horrified, they called President Trump irresponsible.”
Siegel said in looking back, “most of our cases on the East Coast came from Europe, because they were receiving cases from China.”
He added that while the United States may not be on the list of acceptable countries, China is.
The Times reported that two lists of acceptable visitors are being considered:
“Both lists include China, as well as developing nations like Uganda, Cuba and Vietnam. Both also exclude the United States and other countries that were deemed too risky because of the spread of the virus.”
“Now, you could make a case for this being public health on the part of the European Union,” Siegel said. “They are saying if you live in a state or region where there is less than 50 cases for 100,000 people, maybe then you can travel to the European Union, maybe then you can travel to Europe. Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, you’re in. New York, Texas, Arizona, California, you’re out.”
“I think this will have a huge impact on our economy and I’m actually wondering if this could have something to do with President Trump this week saying that foreign workers with visas are not allowed into the country,” he continued.
Siegel said it was entirely possible that this is “retaliatory.”
“Whatever it is, it’s not the tone they sounded back in March when they were horrified by our travel ban, when thousands and thousands of cases were coming here,” he said.
The good doctor then played the World War Two card.
“So I have a message for the European Union tonight. How about remembering what we did for you in the middle of the 20th century,” he declared.
Host Tucker Carlson summed it up well in observing that it’s “global power politics at work as always, under the masquerade of public health.”
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