March 12, 2020 / 3:17 AM / 20 days ago

U.S. did not coordinate, notify EU about travel ban - European diplomat

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - The United States did not coordinate a 30-day ban on European travel aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly coronavirus with European officials before U.S. President Donald Trump announced it late on Wednesday, a European diplomat said.

Trump, in a televised address, said his government had been in frequent contact with U.S. allies, but European Union officials were not notified about the decision ahead of time, said the diplomat, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

“There was no heads up, no coordination as the president claimed,” the diplomat said. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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