"What the president was critical of was the way that the former president put out, I believe, a xenophobic tweet and what he called the coronavirus and who he directed it at," Psaki announced at Monday's press briefing. "The president has not been critical of travel restrictions, we have put those in place ourselves in the spring," she went on.
Psaki was reacting to Fox News' Peter Doocy, who asked her why the President was spotted maskless while out shopping in Nantucket this weekend after Biden announced Monday that Americans could defend themselves from Omicron from wearing masks inside and getting vaccinated.
"The president is somebody who follows the recommendations and the advice of the CDC," Psaki announced. "I don't know what the circumstances were at that particular moment."
Doocy first pounced on remarks Biden made in the past, which could make him look like a fraud for his choice this weekend to block entry to most travelers from eight African nations, where the new Omicron COVID-19 variant is prevalent.
Biden took to the stage roughly 15 minutes after the ban was declared, with his campaign later denying he was linking the two things.
"I remember how Trump sought to stoke fear and stigma during the 2014 Ebola epidemic," Biden wrote for USA Today, continuing that Trump wrongfully supported "reactionary travel bans that would only have made things worse."
Back then, Trump had tweeted, "close down the flights from Ebola-infected areas right now."
"When I closed he said I should not have closed," Trump stated when the two men debated each other in October 2020. "He said this is a terrible thing, you are a xenophobe, I think he called me racist. Now he says I should have closed it earlier."