McCarthy issues Biden’s improve of mind on coronavirus travel bans as new constraints declared

Home Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s place of work is questioning if President Biden adjusted his mind when it arrives to coronavirus-connected journey bans after it was documented that the Centers for Condition Command and Avoidance is imposing a new restriction on tourists from South Africa.

A spokesperson for the California Republican pointed to when Biden urged then-President Trump in a tweet to “[s]top rated the xenophobic panic-mongering” soon after he announced a ban on vacation from China.

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“Has President Biden changed his intellect on the efficacy of coronavirus entry bans?” McCarthy’s place of work asked. “Or are entry bans however ‘xenophobic anxiety-mongering’? Which is it? The American folks have earned to know.”

When questioned by Fox News’ Peter Doocy about the new constraints in mild of Biden’s previous comment, White Residence press secretary Jen Psaki explained she did not feel this was “a truthful articulation.”

“The president has been apparent that he felt the Muslim ban was xenophobic,” Psaki said, noting that Biden rescinded the ban on travel from specific Muslim-the greater part countries. Psaki also claimed that Biden and his group supported travel constraints in advance of he took office environment.

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“But he was essential of the previous president for getting a plan that was not much more complete than journey restrictions,” she added.

In a tweet posted the day soon after the ban on travelers who had been to China was announced, Biden claimed, “We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We require to direct the way with science — not Donald Trump’s history of hysteria, xenophobia, and dread-mongering.”

The questioning of Biden’s recent stance on pandemic-related travel restrictions followed a Reuters report on the CDC’s new protecting measure.

“We are adding South Africa to the limited list mainly because of the about variant existing that has already unfold beyond South Africa,” CDC principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat instructed the outlet.

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The restriction on South Africa is in addition to the ban on entry to the U.S. on most non-U.S. citizens who have lately been to additional than two dozen other nations, like Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and 26 nations around the world on the European continent that allow for journey throughout open borders, White Residence sources confirmed to Fox Information.

The limits on Europe and Brazil had been at first imposed by Trump. Two days prior to leaving office environment, Trump had requested them to be lifted as of this Tuesday. In its place of letting the bans to expire, Biden reinstituted them.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.