ANALYSIS – As the COVID crisis mushrooms in India, first President Biden dithered and denied vaccines and other aid to our critical Asian ally, and now he is banning travel. While this is the correct move to slow the spread of COVID from a global hotspot to the U.S., Biden was singing a very different tune last year when he bashed former President Trump for very quickly doing the same thing with China.
On Friday Team Biden announced it’s barring most travel from India starting next week, but in 2020 Biden famously said that travel bans would “not stop the coronavirus.” More specifically, on the same day Trump announced travel restrictions on China last January, Biden said, “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysterical xenophobia and fear mongering to lead the way instead of science.”
In an op-ed four days earlier, Biden denounced Trump for pushing “reactionary travel bans that would only have made things worse” in reference to the 2014 Ebola epidemic.
As Business Insider (BI) notes, Biden was also critical of Trump’s restrictions on travel with regard to Europe:
In a tweet last March after Trump suspended travel both to and from a number of European countries, Biden said, “A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe – or any other part of the world – will not stop it. This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet – and we need a plan to combat it.”
But Biden has also flip flopped on the issue, BI reminds us. In early April he eventually expressed support for Trump’s travel ban on China. “Joe Biden supports travel bans that are guided by medical experts, advocated by public health officials, and backed by a full strategy, “Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager at the time, told CNN. “Science supported this ban, therefore he did too.”
We will see where Biden stands on travel bans next week. But for now, apparently, COVID travel bans are good in Biden land. ADN