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One of Africa’s most popular prophets T.B. Joshua has sent a scathing open letter to President Donald Trump, warning that his sweeping travel ban on most European countries will backfire and affect the 2020 presidential election results.
“This travel ban on flights from Europe will cause a backlash. It will affect the American economy the more and also the world economy. It will also affect the forthcoming election in America – in one way or another,” T.B. Joshua warned in a statement posted on his Synagogue Church of All Nations’ Facebook page.
“The travel ban is not the best way to stop the spread of coronavirus. The initial measures America put in place are the best way – they just need to be reinforced.Coronavirus is fear and fear lingers in the air. Fear does not need to fly to America or any other country on a plane before being contracted. In conclusion, we are on our knees praying. The noise of coronavirus will be silenced before the end of this month – March 2020,” T.B. Joshua, a Nigerian pastor based in Lagos, added.
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The message to President Trump titled “This is an official message from The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) regarding US President Donald Trump’s announcement of a travel ban on visitors from European countries to America over the coronavirus outbreak” was preceded by previous recent prophecies from Prophet T.B. Joshua that came to pass, including the chaos around the royal family split.
On December 28, 2019, TB Joshua released his prophetic message for 2020, warning that “this year will be a year of humility. This year, the Lord will humble us with our challenges. Challenges can be affliction, disease, sickness etc. To humble us with these is for those things to destroy us or expose us. Let us move closer to God.”
President Trump announced on Wednesday night the United States will suspend travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days over the fast spreading coronavirus.
In his televised message from the White House, Trump said the unprecedented move was to protect the United States from COVID-19, the deadly respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Trump said the measures will go into effect at midnight Friday. He said the “strong but necessary” restrictions would not apply to the United Kingdom.
President Trump argued that while the United States suspended all flights from China to protect Americans from COVID-19, Europe failed to take the same strong measures, and as a result, saw a spike in infections, and imported them to the United States.