Fact Checkers Disagree On Whether Biden Called Trump's China Travel Ban 'Xenophobic'

Headline Roundup September 14th, 2020

TJ Ducklo, a national press secretary for the Biden campaign, claimed on Fox News Thursday that "the vice president was not against the travel ban" on China, which President Donald Trump enforced on January 31. When asked if Biden was for the China travel ban, Ducklo said he would send "fact checks." The day after Trump announced the travel ban, Biden tweeted on Feb 1, “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." On March 18, Trump used the words "Chinese Virus" in a tweet; Biden responded on Twitter by saying "Stop the xenophobic fear-mongering." On March 26, Trump stated in a Sean Hannity interview that, "I had (Joe) Biden calling me xenophobic. … He called me a racist, because of the fact that he felt it was a racist thing to stop people from China coming in.”

A fact check from left-rated fact checker site Politifact covered this story in March. Politifact said that while Biden didn't directly tie Trump's restrictions to xenophobia, Biden did not spell out which part of Trump’s tweet was xenophobic in his response. Center-rated FactCheck.org covered the story in July, framing Trump's comments about Biden as "misleading" and "unsupported," while pointing out that Biden did not take a position on the initial China travel ban.

Fact Checkers Disagree On Whether Biden Called Trump's China Travel Ban 'Xenophobic'

From the Right
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ANALYSIS

Biden campaign national press secretary TJ Ducklo had a disastrous interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier on Thursday in which Ducklo appeared to be as eminently unprepared as your typical Trump White House surrogate, and grew increasingly agitated as the segment progressed. After Baier played clips of two experts that Biden has relied upon downplaying the coronavirus in late January, Ducklo claimed that “the vice president was not against the travel ban” placed on China by President Trump on January 31. Baier pressed Ducklo on this point, repeatedly asking if...

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From the Left
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FACT CHECK

Amid criticism of his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump routinely flags one action as efficient and bold: restricting travel from China into the United States.

Trump has said he instituted a travel ban against everyone’s wishes and that "nobody," not even doctors, wanted him to restrict travel. But "probably tens of thousands" of people would be dead now if he hadn’t done so, he claimed on Fox News March 24.

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From the Center
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FACT CHECK

In July 14 remarks in the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump made a series of false, misleading and unsupported statements about the novel coronavirus and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s position on it.We’ll examine the errors one by one.

Not a “travel ban.” First, as he repeatedly does, the president incorrectly describes the action that he took regarding travel from China, where the coronavirus was discovered last December. As we have previously reported, it wasn’t a “travel ban.”

On Jan. 31, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex...

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