(ConservativePeak)- It’s no secret that President-elect Joe Biden intends to undo a lot of what President Donald Trump has done over his four years in the White House. On Tuesday, he made that very clear, when he announced he would quickly undo Trump’s announced plan to lift coronavirus-related travel restrictions.
On Monday, Trump said he would lift the restrictions placed on travelers who were coming from Ireland, Brazil, the UK and most of Europe. In a statement, the president said this move is “the best way to continue protecting Americans from COVID-19 while enabling travel to resume safely.”
His announcement further stated:
Unrestricted entry into the United States of persons who have been physically present in the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), the Republic of Ireland, and the Federative Republic of Brazil is no longer detrimental to the interests of the United States and find that it is in the interest of the United States to terminate the suspension of entry into the United States of persons who have been physically present in those jurisdictions.”
That order wasn’t set to go into effect until January 26, though, six days after Biden takes office.
It seems that the order will never go into effect. Shortly after Trump released his announced, Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for Biden, tweeted:
“With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel.
“On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26. In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
The international travel restrictions were first initiated in March of last year as a way to curb the spread of coronavirus into the United States. At the time, Biden — who was then just a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president — was very much against banning travel. He tweeted harsh words for the president on February 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. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”
And on March 12, Biden specifically criticized the international travel ban when he tweeted:
“A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it. This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet — and we need a plan to combat it.”
Ten months later, and Biden has apparently changed his tune now that he is about to become president. He was riding the coattails of other prominent liberals who were criticizing Trump for banning international travel. Now, his true colors are showing now that he no longer needs to win the support of the people in his party.