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Biden campaign criticisms

The Biden campaign is vehemently criticizing the handling of the coronavirus pandemic by the Trump administration. Many do not know what Joe Biden stated during the initial travel bans.

Jan. 21: The first confirmed coronavirus case was documented in the U.S. It was from a man that recently traveled from Wuhan, China.

Jan. 31: President Trump announced a travel ban of “all foreign nationals who have traveled in China within the last 14 days.” Americans returning from China were put under a 14-day quarantine. This was done even though the WHO announced on Feb. 1 that there was no need for measures that “unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade” in trying to halt the spread of a coronavirus.

Feb. 1: Joe Biden tweeted: “We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering…”

Feb. 1: After an additional six countries were added to the ban due to their less stringent restrictions, Biden tweeted, “Trump further diminished the U.S. in the eyes of the world by expanding his travel ban. This new “African Ban,” is designed to make it harder for black and brown people to immigrate to the United States. It’s a disgrace, and we cannot let him succeed.”

Feb. 1: Biden tweeted, “Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is a direct betrayal of America’s most fundamental freedom: religious freedom. And now he’s adding more countries to his list of who’s not welcome in America. It’s not who we are — and we’ll prove that when we beat Trump this November and end the ban.”

Please note that Biden promised to “end the ban” — the ban that stops people from entering our country who are coming in from a country facing a massive epidemic.

March 11: The WHO declared the coronavirus to be a worldwide pandemic.

March 11: Trump announced a European travel ban, effective March 13.

March 12: Biden tweeted “A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it. This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet — and we need a plan to combat it.”

March 12 Biden speech: “Banning all travel from Europe or any other part of the world may slow it, but as we’ve seen, it will not stop it. And travel restrictions based on favoritism and politics rather than risk will be counterproductive.”

During a March 12 press conference Biden said the United States should not be overly dismissive of the outbreak, “but neither should we panic or fall back on xenophobia. Labeling COVID-19 a foreign virus does not displace accountability for the misjudgments that have taken thus far by the Trump administration.

A March 12 release of a Biden campaign coronavirus plan did not include any restrictions on travel into the United States from any country.

Through a number of interviews during the month of March, and subsequently before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus task force, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that the travel bans helped stop the spread of the virus and most certainly helped save many lives.

After all of these criticisms, on April 3, Biden’s campaign said Biden supported Trump’s decision to impose travel restrictions on China.

In an April 5 interview on ABC, Joe Biden said the president reacted too slow[ly] and should have enacted the Defense Production Act, although it had already been signed on March 18 and subsequently used with General Motors to manufacture ventilators.

He had stated earlier that he was the first person to call for implementation of the DPA, but Politifact found that many had already called for this including the Health and Human Services secretary. Biden also stated during this interview that “45 nations had already moved” to restrict travel from China “before the president moved. We started off awfully slow.” PolitiFact reported that there were several nations in the process of restricting travel at various levels, at about the same time as the U.S., numbering 36-45, but it is not correct to state that the United States lagged any of these countries in implementing a travel ban.

So, according to what was stated on numerous occasions, Joe Biden would not have imposed any early travel bans. Could this have greatly increased the spread before the U.S. learned enough to get a better handle on how to treat? Could it have resulted in more deaths? Moreover, I have not read or heard Biden or his campaign state openly what he would have done differently to combat the virus and spread, only criticisms. What changed on April 3 to acknowledge that the travel bans were effective and why is he saying today Trump did not react early enough? The press prints what he says now, not what he said previously.

Larry Reed

Parkersburg

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