Republican demands Trump shut down all commercial air travel with China despite evacuation
Sen. Tom Cotton, photo by Michael Vadon.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) called for President Donald Trump to close commercial air traffic with China in hopes of containing the deadly coronavirus epidemic.


Cotton tweeted his demands during Trump's impeachment trial, which came after the World Health Organization declared an emergency.

While Cotton wants air travel to end, he also wants Americans in China to fly home.

Trump has not shut down air travel, tweeting that there are only five patients in the United States.

Yesterday, Trump argued the crisis, "will have a very good ending for us."

In 2014, Trump had harsh words for then-President Barack Obama refusing calls to stop flights from Africa during the Ebola health crisis.