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White House Issues New Virus Travel Warnings

Trump defends use of word 'hoax' when describing Democrats' reactions
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 29, 2020 3:40 PM CST

(Newser) – The Trump administration has news for Americans: Watch where you go, USA Today reports. With the coronavirus spreading, President Trump gave a press conference Saturday flanked by relevant officials—including Vice President Mike Pence, who said the US travel warning is now at level 4 (the highest) for travel to parts of Italy and South Korea. He also announced that an existing travel ban on Iran will include foreign nationals who've been there the past two weeks. The "president has also directed the State Department to work with our allies in Italy and in South Korea to coordinate a screening, a medical screening, in their countries of any individuals that are coming in to the United States of America," said Pence. Among other details:

  • The 'hoax': President Trump defended his calling the virus the Democrats' "new hoax," the Guardian reports. "The hoax is on them. I'm not talking about what’s happening here. I don't like it when they are criticising [federal health officials], and that's the hoax."

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