Mike Pence meeting with cruise and airline CEOs on coronavirus


Vice President Mike Pence will meet with cruise line and airline CEOs on Saturday to discuss the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

"We welcome the partnership with industry in this country as we work out the president's top priority, which is the health and safety and well-being of the American people," Pence said in a White House briefing.

The meeting will take place a day after Reuters reported that anonymous officials said the Trump administration is considering discouraging U.S. travelers from taking cruises as part of a broader effort to limit the spread of coronavirus. 

CLIA swiftly condemned the idea in a statement saying that "any action to restrict cruising is unwarranted."

"Singling out the travel and tourism industry, and cruise lines specifically, will have significant detrimental impacts some possibly irreversible, on the national and local economies," the group said, adding that cruise activity supports travel agencies, airlines, hotels and a broad supply chain of industries that stretches across the U.S..

The association also said the idea is at odds with the World Health Organization which "continues to advise against the application of travel or trade restrictions to countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks."

Pence is in charge of the U.S. response to coronavirus.


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