Atlantis wrote:@Hindsite, you forgot to praise the lord.
This is getting tiresome. How often do we have to explain that the travel ban was useless or even counterproductive since it distracted from the containment measures that should have been implemented in the US. There was already community transmission in the US in January and the virus was imported from numerous places outside the PRC.
From Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States
The first recorded case of the virus on January 20 was an American citizen traveling from Wuhan, China, to his home in Washington state. President Trump was only made aware of that one case by January 22, so he was not that concerned about it and neither were any other political leaders. Two more cases were confirmed on January 26, similarly by two people who had returned from Wuhan. All cases to this point were allowed to self-isolate at home for two weeks, where after they were assumed to be no longer infected or contagious.
On January 29, President Trump announced the creation of a White House Coronavirus Task Force in the State Department to coordinate and oversees the Administration's efforts to monitor, prevent, contain, and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease.
On January 30, the first case of person-to-person transmission was confirmed
in Chicago, between a married couple, after the wife returned from China.
On January 30, the WHO named the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, warning that "all countries should be prepared for containment, including active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread".
On January 31, another case of a person who returned from Wuhan was confirmed in California, which marked the seventh known case in the U.S.
On January 31, the Trump Administration, through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, declared a public health emergency, and imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine for any U.S. citizens who has visited Hubei Province in China within the preceding two weeks. It also began denying entry of non-U.S. nationals who had traveled to China within the preceding two weeks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_ ... ted_States
So the travel ban was no distraction from the containment measures because the WHO had not announced the virus to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern or warning that "all countries should be prepared for containment until January 30. According to Dr. Fauci that travel ban saved many lives.
I know you get most of your complaint from sources that hate President Trump and will never give him a fair review. President Trump did not keep out any American citizen from coming back into their own country because he did not believe that was right. And based on what he knew at the time, he acted quickly.