Day 5 of the Biden-Harris regime: a rebrand for Trump accomplishments, and “strategic patience” for the CCP.
Reimposing Trump Travel Ban.
Biden reimposed restrictions on most non-U.S. citizens who have recently been to Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and 26 European countries that allow travel across open borders, and added South Africa to the list due to new COVID-19 variants.
President Trump imposed similar restrictions, but ordered them lifted during his final days in office. Unlike Trump, Biden will not be accused of xenophobia and fear-mongering for moving to reinstate them.
Gender Change Surgery, Hormone Therapy for America’s Fighting Forces.
Following through on a clearly very important campaign pledge, Biden signed an order revoking 2017 and 2018 memoranda restricting eligibility and certain services for transgender military members.
Despite the “transgender military ban” misnomer, under Trump, the policy allowed service members who had already received a diagnosis of gender dysphoria to continue serving in their preferred gender, receive hormone treatments, and undergo gender transition surgery. The order banned further enlistments of individuals taking hormones or who had already undergone a gender transition, and barred hormones or transition procedures for future diagnoses.
The White House Instagram account celebrated the move with a graphic featuring the colors of the transgender flag and a video highlighting transgender service members.
“Buy American” is Back!
- Prioritizing American-made products and materials in federal procurement
- Historic investment in AI research and development
- “The largest mobilization of public investment in procurement, infrastructure, and R&D since World War Two.”
- Raising thresholds for domestic content requirements
- Investing in American workers “to win not just the jobs of today, but the jobs and industries of tomorrow”
Notable: A White House aide, not Biden himself, called on reporters as the President took questions.
Quotable: “Unity requires you to take away—eliminate the vitriol, make anything that you disagree with about the other person’s personality or their lack of integrity or they’re not decent legislators and the like—so we have to get rid of that.” (Biden compared Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley to Nazi minister of propaganda Joseph Goebbels earlier this month.)
Biden Administration Announces New Stance Toward China: “Patience.”
After over four decades as an elected official, Biden is preparing to deal with China with… patience (aka appeasement).
“We’re starting from an approach of patience as it relates to our relationship with China,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a briefing Monday.
Later: “Beijing is now challenging our security, prosperity, and values in significant ways that require a new U.S. approach… We want to approach this with some strategic patience.”
To a final question on China: “I don’t have any preview for you on when we will have more specifics on our strategy… We’re going to approach it with patience.”