On Wednesday, the White House announced that, beginning January 5, it will be required that travelers from China test negative for COVID-19 before entering the United States. This travel restriction is being enacted less than two years after the Democratic party bashed Donald Trump for the restrictions he placed on travel from China, calling him xenophobic.
In 2020, mere hours after Trump announced his plans to restrict travel from China, Joe Biden accused Trump of “fear-mongering” and “hysterical xenophobia.” During this time, they were struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19, and leaving our borders open to travelers from China put the health and well-being of American citizens at risk.
Biden criticized Trump, saying, “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysterical xenophobia and fear-mongering.”
The next day he also 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. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”
The Left was quick to cling to the ‘xenophobic’ labeling of Trump, while in reality, he was putting the safety of his country first.
Joe Biden opposed the China travel restrictions wisely put in place by President Trump in January – restrictions that health experts credit with slowing the spread of coronavirus & saving lives.
If Biden had been in charge, more Americans would have contracted the virus faster. pic.twitter.com/yDXRYl6lOk
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) March 12, 2020
Now, as U.S. officials lack public data on China’s effectiveness in monitoring COVID-19, Biden is restricting travel from China just like he shamed Trump for doing two years prior.
All travelers entering the U.S. from China, regardless of nationality, will have to present a negative COVID test result within two days of their flight. These requirements are in place for all travelers departing from China, Hong Kong, and Macau.
At this time, China also requires that travelers from the U.S. test negative.
The new policy comes as COVID cases in China are surging and fears of a potential new variant are growing. Federal health officials are also unable to access sufficient data on China’s current COVID crisis.
Concerns surrounding China’s previous “zero-COVID” policy are also growing as federal officials have voiced their concern that China’s heavily-isolating policy will result in weakened immune systems.