To the editor: Trump claims he saved millions of lives because he banned people from China at the outset of the pandemic. But he didn’t ban everyone. Travel restrictions did not prevent nearly 40,000 Americans from coming into the U.S. from China, a significant number of them directly from Wuhan, the original epicenter of the disease.
Furthermore Trump’s ban did not come at the outset of the pandemic. The ban came weeks after intelligence agencies warned about the dangers of the pandemic and Trump did nothing. In the month before the ban was imposed, 300,000 people came here from China.