By The Blaze. When President Donald Trump announced travel restrictions on China to prevent travelers from infecting Americans with the coronavirus, former Vice President Joe Biden blasted the decision as “hysterical xenophobia” at a campaign rally.
But now one of the country’s leading experts on the illness, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the president’s travel restriction likely prevented a humanitarian crisis in the United States on the scale of the one that Italy is facing. . .
During an interview on MSNBC, anchor Lester Holt asked the world-renowned immunologist if there were demographic differences between the United States and Italy, which is now considered the hardest hit nation by the pandemic, which may result in different outcomes for the two countries.
Without hesitating, Fauci credited President Trump’s Jan. 31 executive order suspending travel from China, where the virus originated, with preventing an Italian-level crisis in America.
Dr. Fauci responds to question about differences between U.S. and Italy, says @realDonaldTrump stopping travel very early from China "has gone a long way" in fight against coronavirus
"Unfortunately, Italy did not do that. They had an open border."
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) March 20, 2020
(Read more from “WATCH: Dr. Fauci Credits President Trump’s China Travel Ban — Opposed by Joe Biden — With Preventing Italy’s Disaster in U.S.” HERE)
Democracy 2020 Digest: Biden, Blasting Trump, Vows Dueling Daily Briefing During Coronavirus Crisis
By Fox News. Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday slammed President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, urging the Republican incumbent to “stop swerving between overpromising, buck-passing, and start delivering protection to our people.”
The all-but-certain Democratic presidential nominee – in a conference call with political reporters – also said that as early as Monday he hopes to be holding near-daily briefings regarding the pandemic that’s swept across the nation, which could serve as a political counterbalance to the daily briefings the president and government officials have been giving the past week from the White House.
“I want to be in daily or least in significant contact with the American people and communicate what I would be doing, what I think we should be doing, and how we should be doing it,” Biden emphasized.
“Hopefully by Monday we’re going to be in a very different place in terms of the ability to be in communications with all of you,” Biden explained.
The president’s reelection team – responding to Biden – defended the president’s actions, with campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh saying that Trump “is leading an unprecedented mobilization of America against the coronavirus and all Joe Biden can offer is ineffective partisan sniping from the sidelines.” (Read more from “Democracy 2020 Digest: Biden, Blasting Trump, Vows Dueling Daily Briefing During Coronavirus Crisis” HERE)