McCarthy questions Biden’s improve of mind on coronavirus vacation bans as new limits declared

Property Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s business office is questioning if President Biden improved his brain when it will come to coronavirus-connected travel bans after it was reported that the Facilities for Ailment Regulate 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 concern-mongering” following he announced a ban on journey from China.

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“Has President Biden altered his mind on the efficacy of coronavirus entry bans?” McCarthy’s office requested. “Or are entry bans still ‘xenophobic anxiety-mongering’? Which is it? The American people today deserve to know.”

When requested by Fox News’ Peter Doocy about the new restrictions in gentle of Biden’s earlier remark, White Dwelling press secretary Jen Psaki explained she did not feel this was “a honest articulation.”

“The president has been crystal clear that he felt the Muslim ban was xenophobic,” Psaki said, noting that Biden rescinded the ban on travel from selected Muslim-greater part countries. Psaki also claimed that Biden and his crew supported vacation limits ahead of he took place of work.

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“But he was essential of the previous president for acquiring a coverage that was not much more extensive than travel limitations,” she added.

In a tweet posted the working day after the ban on travelers who had been to China was introduced, Biden claimed, “We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We want to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and worry-mongering.”

The questioning of Biden’s existing stance on pandemic-relevant journey restrictions followed a Reuters report on the CDC’s new protecting measure.

“We are adding South Africa to the restricted listing mainly because of the regarding variant current that has by now unfold beyond South Africa,” CDC principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat informed 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 a lot more than two dozen other countries, like Brazil, the United Kingdom, Eire, and 26 nations around the world on the European continent that allow for journey throughout open borders, White Residence resources verified to Fox News.

The restrictions on Europe and Brazil were being originally imposed by Trump. Two times right before leaving office environment, Trump had requested them to be lifted as of this Tuesday. As a substitute of making it possible for the bans to expire, Biden reinstituted them.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.