Trump Exposes President Biden’s Weakness

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Ex-President Donald Trump has expressed his intent to halt Europe’s proposed implementation of entry fees for travelers from the United States if he is re-elected to office next year.

“Remarkable! As of 2024, U.S. citizens will be required to pay for a visa to visit Europe,” Trump voiced his concern on Truth Social. “Consider this: We provide them with a multitude of resources, including military support and commerce, yet we are now expected to pay them to visit.”

He asserted his strong stand by saying, “The United States is not getting the respect it deserves. If I become President, I won’t let this happen. I will put a stop to it rapidly!”

However, Trump hasn’t elaborated on the strategy he would employ to eliminate these entry fees.

Starting 2024, citizens of the United States, along with people from over 60 other countries currently exempt from visas, will be obligated to apply through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to gain entry into any of the listed 30 European countries. Any visitor from these 60 countries not exempt from the entry fee must apply for a short-term stay, classified as a duration of up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

As per the ETIAS website, applicants are required to supply personal information such as their name, birth date, nationality, address, email address, phone number, and the names of their parents. Details pertaining to their current occupation, educational qualifications, and planned itinerary to Europe are also needed.

The website clarifies, “Holding a valid ETIAS travel authorization allows you to enter the territories of these European countries as frequently as desired for short-term stays — typically for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. However, entry is not guaranteed. On your arrival, a border official may request your passport and other documents to ensure you fulfill the entry requirements.”

Obtaining an ETIAS authorization comes at a price of 7 euros, approximately $8. This visa remains valid for the designated short-term stay period. If not utilized, its validity extends up to three years, as long as the associated travel documents, like a passport, do not expire beforehand.