Yes, Biden absolutely did oppose the China travel restrictions and call them ‘xenophobic’

The Washington Examiner:

The restrictions went into effect on Jan. 31. On the following day, Feb. 1, Biden said on social media, “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.”

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden absolutely opposed the White House’s coronavirus travel restrictions on China, going as far as to call the rules “xenophobic.” Incredibly, several people with “fact-checker” in their job titles have suggested otherwise. They need to be corrected.

On Wednesday, during the vice-presidential debate, Vice President Mike Pence defended President Trump’s record on the coronavirus outbreak. Pence hit Biden for opposing the White House’s earliest efforts to mitigate the pandemic, including its travel restrictions on China.

Trump “suspended all travel from China,” Pence said, “the second-largest economy in the world … Senator Joe Biden opposed that decision. He said it was xenophobic and hysterical.”

CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale, who has this weird habit of downplaying Biden’s lies by playing up Trump’s, snapped to attention.

“The intent of Biden’s ‘xenophobic’ comment was murky,” Dale asserted. “He never explicitly called the travel restrictions xenophobic; he did make a xenophobia allegation the same day the restrictions were announced, but it wasn’t clear if he even knew about them at the time.”

The New York Times’s Nicholas Kristof, who is not a fact-checker, similarly jumped to attention, sharing on social media a decidedly incorrect “fact-check.”

“Pence is also wrong when he claims that Biden opposed the China travel restrictions,” said Kristof, sharing a July 15 FactCheck.org article that states falsely that, “Biden took no position on the China restrictions when they were implemented.”

Earlier, on March 27, PolitiFact similarly awarded a “mostly false” rating to Trump’s assertion that Biden had called the China travel restrictions “xenophobic” and “racist.”

This is absurd. Biden clearly opposed the White House’s China travel ban.

The restrictions went into effect on Jan. 31. On the following day, Feb. 1, Biden said on social media, “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.”

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