The news dropped like a bomb. The European Union (EU) is proposing to ban U.S. tourists from visiting the countries that make it up due to the Coronavirus.
In other words, tourism, something that is vital to every country in Europe – and everywhere – might be banned.
And of course, if this is implemented, it will also affect Greek-Americans who plan to visit their ancestral homes this year.
The reason is that EU experts believe that the United States has not dealt with the nightmare of the Coronavirus with the seriousness that the situation requires. This is in stark contrast to President Trump's assurances that the epidemic has passed, or is passing, and thus, there can be more pre-election rallies in which thousands of people will be side by side without masks.
But the logic of such actions is refuted by the rising death and infection numbers in the southern and western states.
Even Dr. Fauci, in his statement to Congress a couple of days ago, referred to a "disturbing surge of infections" of the Coronavirus.
"The virus is not going to disappear," he said, adding that a vaccine is months away, at least until the beginning of the new year.
But it will be hard for European epidemiologists to happily accept tourists from China, Uganda, Cuba, and Vietnam, but not from the United States.
I can't imagine banning American visitors to Europe. They will probably go through some sort of "sieve" at the airport. But a complete ban?
The bonds of peoples, economic and cultural, are too strong to allow such a thing.
Not that the Europeans wouldn't love to put a knife to Trump's neck, which they would essentially be doing by including America on the list of undesirable countries.
After all, as soon as Merkel recently refused to attend the G-20 summit at the White House because of what she said were coronavirus concerns, Trump retaliated by announcing that he was withdrawing 7,000 troops from Germany.
Bolton reveals in his book that Trump was ready to pull America out of NATO.
But beyond the politics and the competition among states and leaders, there are other facts and forces that govern relations between peoples.
And yet, Trump will be buttering his political bread with aggressive words and actions as the election approaches.