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Trump doubles down on “Chinese virus” phrasing after Beijing complains

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President Trump: ‘Cuomo wants “all states to be treated the same.” But all states aren’t the same. Some are being hit hard by the Chinese Virus [ 😉 ], some are being hit practically not at all. New York is a very big “hotspot”, West Virginia has, thus far, zero cases. Andrew, keep politics out of it….’

Somewhere in the Imperial City, President Xi is probably blowing his stack… 🙂

In Brussels, as we noted below, European leaders have reportedly decided to close the EU border to non-EU citizens, instructing federal police to stop non-citizens and non-residents at all border crossings, according to Der Spiegel.

The decision is a major reversal for Brussels, which has insisted that the closing of borders would not be necessary, and has reserved particular ire for restrictions within the Schengen Zone.

Merkel reportedly said that ‘joint debt options’ were discussed by EU leaders. Of course, as the Schengen area dissolves, the pressure on Merkel is intensifying. Because if she can’t get the rapid acceleration of the virus inside Germany under control, it will greatly undermine her entire political philosophy by drawing uncomfortable scrutiny to the commitment to open borders.