TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Trump appeared to downplay concerns about the impact in the United States of the flu-like virus that has killed 350 people in China and spread to more than two dozen countries, telling Fox television in an interview, "We're gonna see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes."
Concerns about the virus spurred the United States to declare a public health emergency and bar entry to foreign nationals who have recently visited China.
Under new restrictions that went into effect at 5 p.m. ET (2200 GMT) Sunday, US citizens who have traveled in China within 14 days will be directed to one of eight airports designated for screening, with three more to be added Monday.
"We can't have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem - the coronavirus," Trump told Fox during a short interview broadcast on Sunday. He said US officials had offered China "tremendous help" in dealing with the epidemic.
Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, in a separate interview, said China had been more open about the coronavirus than it has been in previous crises but had not yet accepted US offers of assistance.
"So far the Chinese have been more transparent certainly than in past crises and we appreciate that," O'Brien said in an interview with CBS's "Face the Nation."
He said Beijing has still not responded to US offers of help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health professionals.
"We've got tremendous expertise," he said. "This is a worldwide concern. We want to help our Chinese colleagues if we can and we've made the offer and we'll see if they accept the offer."
The Group of Seven leading industrialized democracies are seeking a unified procedure to tackle the fast-spreading coronavirus, and will hold a conference on the virus, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday, after speaking with US Health Secretary Alex Azar. Azar's office had no immediate comment.
In addition to Germany and the United States, the G7 includes France, Italy, Japan, Canada and Britain.
CDC officials have not been invited into China, but are in neighboring Kazakhstan to help guard against the spread of the virus, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday during a visit there.
"You’ve got a long border with China which is where this disease has emanated from," Pompeo said in an interview with a Kazakh journalist. "And we’ve got our people from the Center for Disease Control right here on the ground, helping Kazakhstan deal with this so that you don’t have an enormous outbreak."