Psaki Tries to Defend Biden Calling Trump’s Travel Ban ‘Hysterical Xenophobia’

Psaki Tries to Defend Biden Calling Trump’s Travel Ban ‘Hysterical Xenophobia’

December 1, 2021

On Monday, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki about the hypocrisy of President Joe Biden imposing a travel ban on South Africa and other African countries, after calling a travel ban by then-President Donald Trump at the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020 “hysterical xenophobia” and “fear-mongering.”

Her false explanation at the time was that Biden “was critical of the former president for having a policy that was not more comprehensive than travel restrictions. And he conveyed at the time, and more recently, the importance of having a multifaceted approach … not just travel restrictions.”

This time, Psaki claimed falsely that Biden had criticized Trump in 2020 because he “put out, I believe, a xenophobic tweet,” and implied that Biden, unlike Trump, was listening to scientists.

Breitbart News notes that the context of Biden’s remarks at the time make it clear that he was not reacting to a “tweet,” but to Trump’s actual policy of banning travel from China, the origin of COVID. So she’s lying and Biden is a hypocrite.

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