Biden adviser defends campaign rallies in early March: 'He didn't have access to the kind of information that Donald Trump had'

Biden adviser defends campaign rallies in early March: 'He didn't have access to the kind of information that Donald Trump had'
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Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll GOP set to release controversial Biden report Can Donald Trump maintain new momentum until this November? MORE campaign advisor Jake Sullivan on Sunday defended the Democratic nominee holding crowded campaign events in early March, saying President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE had information about the virus that Biden did not.

On “Fox News Sunday,” Fox News’ Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBattle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight Sunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates Chris Wallace presses Cotton on 'any hypocrisy' between comments on Supreme Court vacancy in 2016 and today MORE pressed Sullivan on why Biden held such events at the same time he warned Trump was ill-prepared to handle a pandemic.

“Because he wasn’t the president, and he didn’t get the information from government experts telling him this was deadly and airborne the way President Trump did,” Sullivan replied.

“He wasn’t being told by his national security adviser the way Donald Trump was that this was going to be the worst crisis of his presidency,” he continued. “He didn’t have access to the kind of information that Donald Trump had and Donald Trump got all that information, learned this virus was deadly, learned it was airborne, learned it was worse than the flu and then lied to the American people and did nothing about it.”

Wallace brought up a comment Biden made accusing Trump of “xenophobia” shortly after the president announced a ban on certain Chinese nationals entering the U.S. The former vice president was not directly referencing the travel ban in the remarks, according to Politifact. 

“Joe Biden was talking about Donald Trump’s record from the beginning of demonizing Chinese-Americans, of giving names to this virus, of raising questions about whether we should trust Asian-Americans,” Sullivan said. “This is something Donald Trump has been doing over the course of his four years is using xenophobia and fearmongering in the moment of crisis rather than doing his job.”

Biden’s actual position on the travel restrictions, Sullivan said, was that “these travel bans can slow the virus but they can’t stop the virus, and that’s what the record reflects.”

“His whole point was the only way long-term for us to get this virus under control is for the president to stand up and do his job here at home where the virus is circulating,” he added.