(ReliableNews.org) – The White House and the director for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) clashed this week over the extension of a “no sail” order for cruise ships operating in US-controlled waters.
CDC director Robert Redfield extended an April 2020 “no sail” directive until mid-February for cruise ships with a capacity of more than 250 people. However, the White House overruled that order during a Sept. 29 meeting with Trump administration officials led by Vice President Mike Pence.
CDC Director Robert Redfield was reportedly overruled on cruise ship sailings during a meeting Tuesday with Vice President Mike Pencehttps://t.co/4dKW6irHik
— Anchorage Daily News (@adndotcom) September 30, 2020
The Trump administration opted to follow a plan adopted by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), calling for a gradual return to normal cruise line operations beginning November 1. The CDC published a new directive on Sept. 30, per the White House decision.
The cruise line industry generates nearly $55 billion annually and has been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. A gradual reopening of America’s economy is key to saving jobs and restoring the economic prosperity the country enjoyed under the decisive leadership of President Trump before the pandemic.
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