Trump’s European Travel Ban Exempts … The Three Countries in Which He Has GOLF COURSES
During last night’s speech, Donald Trump bravely ordered a thirty day ban on travel to and from Europe. Sounds tough, right? Sounds like he is trying – too late – to get to the bottom of this thing. And maybe he is trying. Except one small exception stands out like a pink Zebra. He is not restricting travel to those countries in which he owns golf courses. He is both woefully predictable, while also embarrassingly obvious in his motives.
The facts are right in front of our faces, but we use the rundown from Rawstory regardless to get a robust understanding of the issue:
“The United Kingdom, which is home to Trump Turnberry and Trump International Golf Links, and Ireland — which is home to another Trump-branded hotel and golf course at Doonbeg — do not participate in the Schengen Area,” Heath observes. “Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania are also not part of the Schengen Area. All three of the resorts are struggling financially.”
Now, you might think that Trump is covering his obvious interests with facts showing that there are fewer cases in the U.K. or some other justification which makes the exemption at least appear on its face as reasonable.
Many pundits and Trump critics, including Joe Scarborough and Rachel Maddow, have found the exemption for the U.K. to be peculiar — as some countries in Continental Europe have had fewer deaths from coronavirus than the U.K., which consists of four different countries: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (the Republic of Ireland is a separate country from Northern Ireland and is not part of the U.K.).
There is no factual justification underlying the exception of the ban. The one thing that makes those three countries different is that they happen to have golf courses owned by Trump.
The exception also opens up a giant loophole in the ban from Europe, residents simply have to spend 14 days in the U.K., after that 14 day period, they will be allowed to travel to the United States.
This is our president, always looking out for number one. How embarrassing?
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