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Tens of thousands of travelers from China arrived in the U.S. as the Trump administration debated possible travel restrictions, Reuters reported.
The decision to limit travel from China that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE announced Jan. 31 reportedly had been debated for a month before that. In the meantime, 14,000 people would arrive in the U.S. every day from China, according to numbers cited by the administration, Reuters reported.
The debates involved National Security Council (NSC), the State Department and other federal agencies, two government officials familiar with the deliberations said. The disputes ranged from how to screen travelers coming from China to the economic impact of a potential restriction.
National Economic Council director Larry KudlowLawrence (Larry) Alan KudlowMORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump eyes additional funds for small businesses impacted by pandemic Decentralized leadership raises questions about Trump coronavirus response Progressive group knocks McConnell for talking judicial picks during coronavirus MORE argued against the restrictions fearing an economic fallout, two former NSC officials and one of the officials involved told Reuters.
Matthew Pottinger, a deputy national security adviser and a China expert, strongly disagreed and pushed for strict restrictions as he questioned the accuracy of China’s case reporting, according to Reuters.
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