President Biden called Japan and India ‘xenophobic’ at an off-camera campaign fundraiser in Washington on Wednesday, lumping the U.S. allies in with China and Russia while making the argument that the United States is right to welcome in immigrants.

“This election is about freedom, America and democracy. That’s why I badly need you. You know, one of the reasons why our economy is growing is because of you and many others. Why? Because we welcome immigrants,” the president said.