TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_EU Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in a joint scathing statement, on Thursday rebuked the Trump administration for imposing a ban on arrivals from countries in the Schengen passport-free zone without consulting them.
"The coronavirus is a global crisis, not limited to any continent, and it requires cooperation rather than unilateral action," they said in the written statement, adding, "The European Union disapproves of the fact that the US decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation."
The European officials also rejected Trump's suggestion that Europe is not doing enough to combat COVID-19, saying the 27-nation bloc "is taking strong action to limit the spread of the virus."
The so-called Schengen area comprises 26 countries including EU members France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Austria and Belgium, where the bloc has its headquarters, but also others like Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.
In a prime time address from the Oval Office to a worried nation, Trump on Wednesday suspended travel from Europe to the US for 30 days in an "aggressive" effort to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.