(Breitbart) – Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” former Vice President Joe Biden said President Donald Trump should have stopped air travel from China sooner than he did to fight the coronavirus pandemic by saying 45 nations had already blocked “China personnel from being able to come to the United States.”
On Trump’s response to the outbreak, Biden said, “I would tell him what we went through a similar crisis, you have to move swiftly. We have to move more rapidly. You have to implement the Defense Production Act, empower a supply commander, create, you know, a Defense Production Act for banks for small business loans, you got to faster than slower, and we started off awfully slow.”
He continued, “He indicated that I complimented him on dealing with China. Well, you know, 45 nations had already moved to keep — to block China personnel from being able to come to the United States before the president moved. It’s about pace. It’s about —it’s about the urgency, and I don’t think there’s been enough of it.”
Flashback: Joe Biden Now Supports Trump’s China Travel Ban He Said Was ‘Hysterical Xenophobia’
Democrat presidential front runner Joe Biden now supports President Trump’s ban on travel from China.
The day after Trump announced the ban in late January, Biden posted a tweet claiming actions need to be taken in the name of “science,” and not with Trump’s alleged “record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering.”
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.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 1, 2020
During a campaign event in Fort Madison, Iowa, on January 31, Biden referred to the action as “hysterical xenophobia,” according to Grabien.
But now, Biden’s campaign said he supports the ban.
“Joe Biden supports travel bans that are guided by medical experts, advocated by public health officials, and backed by a full strategy,” Kate Bedingfeld, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told CNN.
“Science supported this ban, therefore he did too.”
Bedingfeld contended Biden’s “xenophobia” allegation was referring to Trump calling it the “Chinese virus,” not the travel ban.
But Trump didn’t connect the virus with China until March 17.
Breitbart News previously reported a Pew Research Center survey found 95 percent of respondents said “restricting international travel to the U.S.” was necessary to curbing the spread of the virus.
The restriction has the support of 94 percent of Democrat voters, according to the poll.