The White House hopes to reach a decision soon on whether to cut off travel from Brazil, a worsening coronavirus hotspot, national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday.
“I think that we’ll have a ... decision today with respect to Brazil and just like we did with the U.K. and Europe and China, and we hope that’ll be temporary,” O’Brien said on CBS's “Face the Nation.” “But because of the situation in Brazil, we’re going to take every step necessary to protect the American people.”
Asked by host Margaret Brennan whether the decision would pertain to the Southern Hemisphere as a whole, O’Brien responded: “As of now, I’d say Brazil, and we’ll take a look at the other countries on a country-by-country basis for sure.”
NEWS: The Trump Administration is looking at cutting off travel from Brazil amid #coronavirus pandemic, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien tells @margbrennan. See more of O'Brien's interview at 10:30 am EST today on @FacetheNation pic.twitter.com/IUo21QeYob— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) May 24, 2020
President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE said last week that the U.S. was considering a ban on travel from Brazil, which currently has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases after the U.S. and Russia, expressing concerns about Brazilians with the virus traveling to Florida, specifically.
“We are considering it. We hope that we’re not going to have a problem,” Trump said last Tuesday.
Brazil has recorded more than 260,000 cases of the virus and over 17,500 deaths, with the health-care systems of large cities like São Paulo saying they have been overwhelmed.
“I worry about everything. I don’t want people coming in here and infecting our people. I don’t want people over there sick either. We’re helping Brazil with ventilators,” Trump told reporters last week. “Brazil is having some trouble, no question about it.”