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 PelosiOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Democrats haggle as deal comes into focus Dem hopes for infrastructure vote hit brick wall MORE (D-Calif.) suggested Sunday that the travel ban from China President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day 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.

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. 

CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperManchin backs raising debt ceiling with reconciliation if GOP balks Democrats face critical 72 hours Dems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill MORE noted that presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE’s campaign said earlier this month he supported the ban

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.