Headline RoundupSeptember 14th, 2020

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

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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.

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