Trump weighs in on airport screening delays: 'We must get it right. Safety first!'

Trump weighs in on airport screening delays: 'We must get it right. Safety first!'
© Getty Images

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE weighed in Sunday on the airport screening delays amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying “We must get it right.”

Trump in a Sunday tweet encouraged people to “pardon the interruptions and delays” as the government is conducting “very precise Medical Screenings.” 

“We are doing very precise Medical Screenings at our airports,” he said. “Pardon the interruptions and delays, we are moving as quickly as possible, but it is very important that we be vigilant and careful.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“We must get it right. Safety first!”

Long lines were reported at multiple U.S. airports as stepped up mandatory coronavirus screening collided with a crush of travelers racing to the U.S. amid advisories against traveling and after the announcement of a travel ban from Europe for non-U.S. residents. In particular, returning travelers at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago were waiting for up to four hours. 

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzeker (D) called out Trump in a tweet Saturday saying the wait times were “unacceptable & need to be addressed immediately.” 

ADVERTISEMENT

Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthBiden unveils disability rights plan: 'Your voices must be heard' Warren calls for investigation into OSHA inspections during pandemic Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (D-Ill.) also slammed the Trump administration for the screening process.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfHundreds of migrant children, teens deported under pandemic border policy: report Trump administration finalizes indefinite extension of coronavirus border restrictions   US-Mexico border restrictions extended to June 22 MORE responded to the crowds, saying the department was working on increasing the screening capabilities.

“I understand this is very stressful. In these unprecedented times, we ask for your patience,” he tweeted. 

The administration has required these medical screenings for any international travelers. At the same time, public health experts have warned people to practice “social distancing” and avoid large crowds.