CLOSE

President Trump, Alex Azar and Anthony Fauci focus on what the U.S. is doing to control the coronavirus outbreak.

USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s administration has postponed a main summit of Asian leaders subsequent month as coronavirus fears develop, a senior administration official told USA TODAY. 

A completely different summit of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian International locations, changed into alleged to be held in Las Vegas on March 14th. 

“As the worldwide community works together to defeat the radical coronavirus, the US, in session with ASEAN companions, has made the complex decision to postpone the ASEAN leaders assembly beforehand scheduled for mid-March,” a senior administration official, who declined to talk publicly ensuing from the cancellation of the tournament had now not but been formally announced, told USA TODAY. “The US values our relationships with the nations of this valuable living, and looks forward to future conferences.”

Participants of ASEAN embody Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia.

More: Mick Mulvaney says media holding coronavirus ensuing from they think this can ‘command down’ Trump

The decision comes as fears that the coronavirus will unfold within the US. 

The worldwide count of these sickened by the virus stood at greater than 84,000, with nearly 3,000 of us killed globally as of Friday.62 of us within the U.S. agree with decreased in size COVID-19 as of Friday night. 

The World Health Group (WHO) raised the global coronavirus threat diploma to ‘very excessive’ Friday.

The administration had planned the ASEAN Summit after Trump did now not back a summit with the neighborhood in Bangkok just a few months within the past. 

More: Asian American lawmakers denounce ‘rumors’ and ‘xenophobia’ about coronavirus

The postponement of March’s summit comes as the Trump administration is brooding about expanding the sprint ban to countries that agree with “disproportionately excessive choice of coronavirus circumstances.”

All over a press convention on Wednesday, Trump said he would acquire into consideration sprint restrictions but had said the mission did now not predict it straight.

“At the just time we may well well perchance also attain that,” Trump said of sprint restrictions to countries such as South Korea and Italy that agree with skilled most up to the moment spikes in circumstances. “But just now it’s now not the just time.”

Secretary of Order Mike Pompeo had told newshounds earlier this week: they had been “working our capacity via“ the ASEAN summit, despite the coronavirus. 

Contributing: John Fritze 

Autoplay

Show cowl Thumbnails

Show cowl Captions

Learn or Share this legend: https://www.usatoday.com/legend/news/politics/2020/02/28/us-cancels-asean-summit-with-asia-leaders-amid-coronavirus-fears/4909766002/

Subscribe to the newsletter news

We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe