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Pelosi says Trump's China travel ban wasn't 'this great moment'

Pelosi says Trump's China travel ban wasn't 'this great moment'
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiEverytown urges Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign over newly uncovered remarks Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) suggested Sunday that the travel ban from China President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE has repeatedly touted as a major step in stemming the spread of the coronavirus outbreak was not as effective as the White House claims.

“Actually tens of thousands of people were allowed in from China, it wasn't as it was described as this great moment,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

“So if you're going to shut the door because you have an evaluation because of an epidemic, then shut the door,” Pelosi said.

The travel ban exempted Americans and some other authorized travelers. Nearly 40,000 people arrived in the U.S. on direct flights from China in the two months after Trump imposed the restrictions, The New York Times reported earlier this month.

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Asked if she supported the ban, Pelosi responded “let’s go into the future.” 

“What the American people want is a plan to go forward,” she said. 

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Pelosi said the plan people want focuses on protecting frontline workers, getting stimulus and unemployment checks into the hands of Americans and ensuring taxpayer dollars aren't being used by big entities for anything other than keeping people at work.

“And we have oversight to do all of that,” Pelosi said.