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WH disputes former Biden claim that Trump travel restrictions were ‘xenophobic’

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When asked by a reporter about President Joe Biden‘s past comments regarding then-President Donald Trump‘s travel restrictions on China toward the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she doesn’t think that’s “a fair articulation.”

“When President Trump was imposing travel restrictions in March, specifically on China, then-candidate Biden called it ‘xenophobic’ and ‘fear-mongering.’ Now, President Biden is putting travel restrictions on people coming in from other countries. “What word do we use to describe that?” asked Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy.

“I don’t think that’s quite a fair articulation,” Jen Psaki replied.

“The president has been clear that he felt the Muslim ban was xenophobic—he overturned the Muslim ban,” she continued, going on to say that Biden before he was inaugurated supported travel restrictions “in order to keep the American people safe” and to “ensure that we are getting the pandemic under control.”

“But he was critical of the former president for having a policy that was not more comprehensive than travel restrictions, and he conveyed at the time—and more recently—the importance of having a multifaceted approach: mask-wearing, vaccine distribution, funding in order to get 100 million shots in the arms of Americans in the first 100 days,” Psaki added.

Trump’s travel restrictions on the whole nation of China came into effect on February 2, 2020. Travel between the U.S. and Macau and Hong Kong continued, however.

In his question, Doocy is referring to tweets from then-candidate Biden accusing Trump of “xenophobia” and “fear-mongering” around the time Trump’s travel restrictions on China were coming into effect and when the then-president was starting to more frequently use the terms “China Virus” and “Chinese Virus” when discussing the coronavirus.

“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,” Biden tweeted on February 1, 2020. “He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”

“Stop the xenophobic fear-mongering. Be responsibility. Do your job,” Biden tweeted March 18, 2020 in response to a tweet from Trump saying: “I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the ‘borders’ from China – against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!”

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Electric Vehicle company with Chinese ties awarded $500 million of taxpayer money for 2nd U.S. plant

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With a little help from their Democrat friends, a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party just announced the opening of its second plant in the United States.

Fox News reports Gotion Inc., whose parent company Gotion High-Tech is based in Hefei, China, unveiled plans to build a $2 billion lithium battery plant in Manteno, Illinois, alongside Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who cheered the project.

The announcement comes amid growing opposition to the company’s plans to build a billion-dollar factory in Mecosta County, Michigan.

In order to make the expansion happen, lobbyists for the Chinese Communist Party-tied electric vehicle company funneled cash to Democrats. “Individuals at a law firm registered as foreign agents to lobby on behalf of Gotion, a Chinese electric vehicle battery company developing a controversial project in Michigan, and wired campaign contributions to several top Democrats” reports Fox News.

“According to state and federal filings, Monique Field-Foster, an attorney at the Lansing office of the Warner Norcross + Judd law firm who is acting as a foreign agent on behalf of Gotion, donated to the campaigns of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer’s sister Liz Gereghty and Michigan Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Elissa Slotkin” the Fox News report continued.

“In partnership with the business community and the General Assembly, two years ago we set out to make Illinois a destination for electric vehicle and clean energy companies from across the globe,” Pritzker said in a statement.

“With the right incentives, nation-leading infrastructure, world-class workforce and booming clean energy production, we have transformed ourselves into an attractive location for global manufacturers. Today, we take another leap forward. It’s my pleasure to welcome Gotion to Illinois and to show the world yet again that Illinois is ready to be a player on the world stage.”

Pritzker delivered remarks late last week thanking Gotion for choosing Illinois to call “home” in a ceremony with leaders from Gotion High-Tech, including Li Zhen, the company’s chairman and president, who said he expected the factory to open in less than 12 months.

“All that we see here [in Illinois] are of enormous value to us: an enabling business environment, a supportive state government for the new energy industry and their highly efficient work, as well as the prospects of the State of Illinois in the coming years,” the Gotion president added. “We believe that Gotion’s battery technology will help to boost e-mobility in North America and the economic and trade exchanges between China and the U.S.”

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