Biden White House Forced To Admit Trump Was Right

The White House defended Pres. Joe Biden’s choice to put in place a travel ban on eight southern African nations after he had suggested former Pres. Donald Trump’s Asia-focused travel rhetoric and restrictions were xenophobic during the 2020 presidential campaign.

Biden has not criticized bans on travel, according to the White House media secretary Jen Psaki. The Biden administration has put forth its own travel restrictions, she told reporters Monday.

“He thinks we should follow the advice of medical and health experts. That is exactly what he did when he put in place these restrictions over the weekend,” she stated.

South Africa has complained that Biden’s travel ban is harsh after officials announced the discovery of the possibly more transmissible omicron COVID-19 strain last week.

“He is going to always be on the side of protecting the Americans,” Psaki said of Pres. Biden. “The objective here isn’t to punish. It is to protect the lives of American people.”

Public health professionals have argued the appearance of a new strain as the world continues to grapple with the delta variant has underscored the significance of vaccinating individuals living in poorer countries. But prior to the outbreak, South Africa had turned away vaccines from the U.S. due to internal struggles that led to hesitancy, Psaki said Monday.

Biden spoke about his decision earlier on Monday, saying the travel bans would buy the U.S. more time to boost and vaccinate a larger portion of the population. Biden previewed the release of a more detailed plan on Thursday.

Biden’s travel bans started being implemented from Monday, capturing South Africa and seven of its neighbors: Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, and Eswatini.

Biden claimed Trump’s “record of fearmongering and hysterical xenophobia” rendered him ill-equipped to “lead our nation through a global pandemic” in Iowa in Jan. 2020 shortly after his predecessor slapped a travel ban on China, where COVID-19 had originated. President Biden and his aides later insisted he was referring to Trump’s history of inflammatory remarks about foreign nations and their nationals, not the travel bans on China.

Author: Steven Sinclaire