‘That’s ridiculous’: Biden wings it with reporters’ questions on Omicron scare, travel ban

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An embattled President Joe Biden took questions from reporters in Nantucket on Friday concerning the spread of the COVID Omicron variant and the United States banning travel from South Africa and seven other African nations over the development.

The restrictions go into place starting Monday but will allegedly not apply to Americans returning home. In a written statement issued by Biden on Friday, he proclaimed that “the news about this new variant should make clearer than ever why this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations.”

“I’ve decided that we’re gonna be cautious [and] make sure there’s no travel to and from South Africa and six [sic] other countries in that region,” remarked Biden to reporters, while the official White House statement noted seven countries. “We don’t know a lot about the variant except that it is of great concern.”

Conservative pundit Candace Owens pointed out a glaring inconsistency with the travel ban on Twitter, “But if you are one of the 2million plus illegals that have come into our country vía the southern border this past year— all is good. Only law-abiding citizens are a threat and must therefore be banned.”

Biden answered a few questions regarding the travel ban and other items.

One reporter asked him about the stock market cratering over the news.

“Expected,” he replied. “They always do when COVID rises.”

“Does it worry you at all?” the reporter countered.

“Not at all,” Biden responded.

Another reporter battled through the gaggle of journalists and asked why Biden was waiting until Monday to implement the travel restrictions, “Why not an immediate ban?”

“Because that was the recommendation coming from my medical team,” he tersely stated.

“We don’t know a lot about the variant, except that it is of great concern. It seems to spread rapidly. And I spent about a half-hour this morning with my COVID team, led by Dr. Fauci, and so, that was the decision we made,” Biden told reporters.

One reporter grilled him on the issue, “What do you say to questions about whether bans create an incentive for countries not to come forward with new variants, that you’re penalized for–”

“That’s ridiculous,” Biden bit back. “Because you can’t hide the variants. It’s not like someone could hide the fact that there’s a new variant.”

Then Biden pushed everyone to get vaccinated or get a booster again.

“Here’s the deal,” he admonished. “Every American who’s not been vaccinated, should be responsible and be vaccinated from age five years and up, number one. Number two, everyone eligible for booster shots should get the booster shot immediately upon being eligible. That is the minimum that everyone should be doing.”

He asserted, “I think it’s a patriotic responsibility.”

Then he was asked if he’s considering further mandates.

“No,” Biden said. “Not at the moment.”

Travel restrictions will apply to South Africa, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, and Botswana.

As the president announced travel restrictions, America continues to suffer in the deadly grip of skyrocketing inflation and many Americans are wondering how they will pay for heating this winter, put food on the table, and be able to afford enough gas to get to work. They are cringing at Biden once again strangling the country with further COVID mandates.

Fox News host Tammy Bruce brought these concerns to light during her opening monologue on Friday as she subbed for Sean Hannity. She brought up the ridiculousness of Biden claiming that “America is back” in the midst of one catastrophe after another and how out-of-touch the president really is.

“My message is: After two years, we are back – America’s back,” Biden told NBC meteorologist Al Roker via a phone call during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. “There’s nothing we are unable to overcome, Al.”

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Bruce pointed out the exact opposite is true. Inflation is spiraling out of control, the border remains wide open, and Democrats are shifting the blame to businesses rather than taking responsibility for any of this.

“Tonight, the Biden-Harris agenda is failing, literally on every front: Inflation is surging, the border is still a mess. American adversaries are emboldened — All while Democrats are still eager to have us walk off a reckless far-left spending cliff with their so-called Build Back Better agenda,” she noted.

“The Wall Street Fear Index today hit its highest level in ten months. Add that to the raising rising gas prices, the ongoing supply chain woes, and even a Christmas tree shortage,” she added.

Bruce also stated that Democrats are apparently blaming consumers and businesses for the inflation and supply chain crises. She especially took aim at Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren who claimed via a tweet that inflating Thanksgiving food prices is because “big poultry companies are paying billions in dividends, giving CEOs raises and earning huge profits.”

“The destructive Democrat agenda continues to be dealt a brutal reality check,” Bruce concluded.

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