Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pressed Biden campaign senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan on whether President Donald Trump’s January travel ban to China “saved thousands of lives.”
Wallace introduced the topic on Sunday morning’s “Fox News Sunday” by playing a clip of Biden seeming to criticized the travel ban as “xenophobia” the same day Trump introduced it.
“Biden denies that he was talking that day about the travel restrictions that the president had just imposed,” Wallace said. “Are we to believe it was just a coincidence, that he was talking about xenophobia the day that the president announced travel restrictions on China?”
“Well, first of all, Chris, independent fact-checkers including Politifact have looked at the claim that Joe Biden was opposed to the China travel restrictions and they have deemed that claim false,” Sullivan responded. “It’s not a coincidence Joe Biden was talking about Donald Trump’s record from the beginning of demonizing Chinese-Americans, of giving names to this virus, of raising questions about whether we should trust Asian-Americans.”
Sullivan insisted that Biden was saying such bans “can slow the virus, but they can’t stop the virus.”
Biden pressed back by asking why it took Biden