Joe Biden criticises Trump's handling of coronavirus pandemic
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden gave his first press conference in nearly 90 days on Tuesday and called out President Donald Trump.
For the first time in nearly 90 days, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden appeared at a news conference and among other subjects he took a direct shot at President Donald Trump. Biden reminded everyone that Trump once called himself a “wartime president” as the coronavirus pandemic started and now it seems that he has finally “surrendered.”
"Remember when he exhorted the nation to sacrifice together in the face of this ... 'invisible enemy'? What happened? Now it's almost July, and it seems like our wartime president has surrendered," Biden said in prepared remarks.
"American people didn't make enormous sacrifices over the past four months so they could just waste their time. They didn't make these sacrifices so you could ignore the science and turn responsible steps like wearing masks into a political statement. And they certainly didn't do it, Mr. President, so you could wash your hands and walk away from this responsibility,” Biden said.
The Democratic Presidential candidate urged Trump to use the plan for dealing with the outbreak that he already proposed since there seems to be a second wave as the economy reopened last month. Biden’s plan calls for scaling up testing and hiring at least 100,000 Americans to build a national workforce of contact tracers.
Biden is also seeking to accelerate vaccine plans and implement coordinated effort to build up supplies. He took the issue to the White House’s reopening recommendations, saying that while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attempted to push through “guidelines about what the stages of reopening should look like, the administration delayed and scaled back those plans.”
"We need clear, evidence-based steps that states can adopt now, both the standards that must be met in order to safely proceed with further openings, and re-imposing of social distancing rules when cases begin to rise," Biden added.
Covid-19 cases spike in several states
Joe Biden’s address comes as the United States has recorded nearly 2.7 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and nearly 130,000 people have died. Also as there is a new spike in the number of cases and many states are taking drastic measures to stop spreading it. Also, the former vice president said that Trump’s actions of reopening the economy has led to the increase of Covid-19 cases and he accused him of “outright ignoring the crisis.”
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