Woodward: Restricting travel from China wasn't Trump's idea

Source: The Hill | September 14, 2020 | Zack Budryk

Journalist Bob Woodward said early Monday that restricting travel from China in response to the coronavirus pandemic was not President Trump’s idea.

Host Savannah Guthrie noted on NBC’s “Today” that Woodward’s book “Rage” claims that Trump implemented the restrictions on the advice of his administration’s health experts, including Anthony Fauci, after a Jan. 28 meeting.

“It’s not that President Trump banned travel, people coming from China to the United States. He restricted it, and as we now know, there were some problems and lots of people from China instead of coming to the United States went to Europe and then came into John F. Kennedy airport in New York,” Woodward replied. “And that’s why there was such a firestorm of a virus in New York City at that time.”

Woodward went on to suggest that the president had an opportunity to emphasize the threat of the pandemic days later at his State of the Union address in early February, rather than the passing mention it received.

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