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Fact Check: President Trump's coronavirus address

Posted at 5:09 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 21:05:55-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The travel ban is just one element from President Trump's Oval Office address Wednesday that is still sparking questions - and clarifications.

Moments into his remarks, President Trump made a statement about communicating with allies.

"We have been in frequent contact with our allies," said President Trump.

But the European Union says they received no heads up about the announced 30-day travel ban.

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"We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days," said President Trump.

Federal officials have since clarified this ban doesn't apply to US citizens, but rather foreign nationals coming to the U.S. The ban includes 26 countries. Places like the UK, Ireland and Croatia are not on the list.

"...These prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various others things as we get approval," said President Trump.

That statement appears to be false.

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The President himself later tweeted, "The restrictions stop people not goods."

As for people stricken with coronavirus, President Trump had this to say.

"Earlier this week, I met with the leaders of health insurance industry who have agreed to waive all copayments for coronavirus treatments," said President Trump.

That statement has led to more confusion. The administration, along with insurance companies, have since confirmed copays for coronavirus testing will be waived, but not for treatment of the virus.

"Testing capabilities are expanding rapidly, day by day. We are moving very quickly," said President Trump.

Despite billions in recently approved funds, testing capacity remains at frustrating levels across the country. After health officials held closed-door briefings today, members of Congress - both Republicans and Democrats - expressed concerns about the testing capacity.