Trump says he would rather have cruise ship passengers stay on ship

U.S. President Donald Trump tours the Center for Disease Control following a COVID-19 coronavirus briefing in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

ATLANTA (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he would rather have passengers on a cruise ship, which was denied entry to San Francisco over coronavirus concerns, remain on board the vessel.

But Trump said he would let others make the decision whether to allow the passengers to leave the Grand Princess ship, where 35 people have reported flu-like symptoms.

“I’d rather have them stay on, personally, but I fully understand if they want to take them off,” Trump told reporters after touring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

(This story corrects name of vessel to Grand Princess)

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Chris Reese