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Trump’s Travel Restrictions Benefits Only China

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) speaks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 13, 2016. KENZABURO FUKUHARA / AFP / POOL

Overwhelmed by the coronavirus panic, US President Donald Trump’s impeachment folderol, and the chaotic Iowa Democratic caucuses, few took notice of the Trump administration’s announcement that it will expand its controversial 2017 travel restrictions to six more countries, including four in Africa. It is a politically expedient move that will do nothing to make Americans safer – and will help a country that the Trump’s own White House describes as a “strategic competitor.”

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