President Trump, US lawmakers laud Korea’s response to COVID-19
Mar. 14, 2020
Global Korean Post
By Kim Young Deok and Lee Jihae
U.S. President Donald Trump on March 11 said the White House is reconsidering its travel restrictions on Korea and China as the situation in both countries vis-à-vis the COVID-19 outbreak is improving.
“We’re monitoring the situation in China and South Korea and as their situation improves, we will re-evaluate the restrictions and warnings that are currently in place for a possible early opening,” he said in his Oval Office address at the White House in Washington.
His administration categorized Korea as Level 3 (Reconsider Travel), and his comment implies a positive evaluation of Korea’s measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
Members of the U.S. Congress also agreed that Korea is taking adequate steps to combat the virus. At a hearing of the House Oversight Committee held before President Trump’s speech, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (Democrat-New York) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (Democrat-Illinois) praised Korea’s ability to test for COVID-19 and its drive-through screening clinics.
They also questioned why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and the White House’s special task force on COVID-19 did not take similar measures.