Trump Doubles Down on China

Trump Doubles Down on China

( – Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump closed our country to most Chinese travelers. He wanted to slow the spread of the virus at the time when officials believed many COVID-19 cases were coming from China. Officials in Beijing weren’t happy about the decision and decided to deny American airliners the right to fly their previous routes into and out of China. Obviously, that isn’t going over well.

On June 3, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced it was suspending Chinese flights to and from the US. The DOT said it’s a direct result of the way China is treating the US and they’d be happy to revisit the policy at a later date. As of now, air traffic will stop on June 16.

The Chinese government quickly realized President Trump was serious, so they eased restrictions. Going forward, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) will allow flights into the country once a week.

Some might say the problem is too many prior US administrations allowed the Chinese government to walk all over them. President Trump hasn’t permitted that. Beijing better get used to it, though. When this president says, ”America First,” he actually means it and right now, China is on thin ice.

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