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White House press secretary Jen Psaki went into spin mode Monday when confronted by a Fox News reporter about President Joe Biden's apparent hypocrisy in enacting a travel ban on eight African countries.
Biden announced the travel ban — which went into effect Monday — last week at the same time the World Health Organization warned that a new COVID-19 variant, dubbed "Omicron," could trigger new waves of COVID infections. But it was immediately pointed out that Biden sharply criticized former President Donald Trump after he enacted travel restrictions on China in January 2020.
During Monday's press briefing at the White House, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked Psaki about Biden's criticism of Trump's actions and how, in light of Biden's travel ban, the president is not guilty of hypocrisy.
Doocy asked, "Before Joe Biden was president, he said that COVID travel restrictions on foreign countries were 'hysterical xenophobia' and 'fearmongering.' So what changed?"
The question sent Psaki into total spin mode. In fact, Psaki actually claimed that Biden was not referring to Trump's travel ban per se, but rather his rhetoric surrounding China, where the COVID pandemic originated. Psaki claimed Biden has not been critical of travel restrictions.
While campaigning in Iowa on Jan. 31, 2020, Biden slammed Trump for "hysterical xenophobia" and "fearmongering" on the same day Trump announced travel restrictions banning foreign nationals who had been in China from entering the U. S.
"We have, right now, a crisis with the coronavirus,” Biden said. "This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia — hysterical xenophobia — and fearmongering to lead the way inst... (Read more)