Pence, Harris Make Misleading Claims on COVID & More

PENCE SAYING TRUMP SUSPENDED ‘ALL’ TRAVEL FROM CHINA

In the nearly 90-minute debate, Pence also claimed that the Trump administration “suspended all travel from China.” However, the restrictions that were imposed on 31 January did not apply to all the citizens.

The order did not apply to any lawful permanent resident of the United States, any alien who is the spouse of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, any alien traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus, among others.

A detailed list of exemptions can be read here.

According to a New York Times article, as many as 40,000 people travelled from China to US in the two months after Trump levied the restrictions.

HARRIS ON TRUMP SAYING COVID-19 ‘WAS A HOAX’ LACKS CONTEXT

Senator Kamala Harris while criticising the administration for the way it handled the pandemic, said, “The President said it was a hoax.” However, this statement needs a bit more context.

File image of US President Donald Trump.

File image of US President Donald Trump.
(Photo: PTI)

At a rally in February in North Charleston in South Carolina, Trump said that the Democrats were politicising the coronavirus and that it was “their new hoax.”

“Now the Democrats are politicising the coronavirus. You know that, right? Coronavirus. They’re politicising it. We did one of the great jobs. You say, ‘How’s President Trump doing?’ They go, ‘Oh, not good, not good.’ They have no clue. They don’t have any clue,” he said.

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