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Politics Biden blasts Trump for calling coronavirus a ‘hoax’

18:45  29 february  2020
18:45  29 february  2020 Source:   politico.com

Republicans say Democratic leaders using coronavirus scare as political weapon

  Republicans say Democratic leaders using coronavirus scare as political weapon House Republicans criticized Democrats for using the coronavirus threat as a political opportunity to advance their election prospects. © ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) The Trump administration on Monday called for $2.5 billion in response to the coronavirus threat, including $1 billion for vaccine research and funding for medical supplies as well as surgical masks.

Biden , who has previously been critical of the Trump administration’s handling of the virus, added that the government’s scientists should have more control in responding to the crisis. The coronavirus has infected nearly 85,000 people worldwide, mostly in China. The death toll stands at more than 2,900.

Trump calls coronavirus criticism Democrat ' hoax ' Jump to media player The president said criticism of his reaction to the coronavirus outbreak is a Democrat-led " hoax ". More than 60 have been infected in the US. President Trump says the spread of coronavirus is "well under control".

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Saturday said President Donald Trump's “bizarre” and "dangerous" remarks on the coronavirus are harming the U.S.'s reputation.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on Friday in Spartanburg, S.C. © Matt Rourke/AP Photo Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on Friday in Spartanburg, S.C.

“Some of the stuff he says is so bizarre that you can laugh at it,” Biden said to reporters outside a Greensville, S.C., event ahead of the state’s primary election. "It just so diminishes the faith that people around the world have in the United States."

“The president of the United States says it’s a hoax? It’s hard to believe. Even for him it’s hard to believe,” he added.

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  HHS Secretary Azar criticizes politicization of novel coronavirus: 'It's unnecessary' Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar appeared on ABC's "This Week.""I think it's very important that we treat the American people like adults and explain to them that we don't know where this will go, that we will see more cases, that we will see continued community spreading in the United States, as we're seeing around the world," Secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday.

“This is their new hoax ,” Trump continued, adding that attacking the Whtie House’s response to the coronavirus had become the Democratic Party’s “single talking point.” Trump — who has been criticized for painting an overly rosy picture of the outbreak, often contradicting his own health officials

On Thursday, President Donald Trump expressed optimism that the novel coronavirus , which the World Health Organisation says has 07:25 GMT Donald Trump Slams Democrats for Politicising Coronavirus as "New Hoax ". contains ideas of extremist nature or calls for other illegal activities

During a rally in South Carolina on Friday evening, Trump accused Democrats of using the deadly virus as a means to harm him politically, likening it to the Russia investigation and impeachment probes that have consumed his presidency.

“The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. They're politicizing it,” Trump told his supporters. “One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That did not work out too well. They could not do it. They tried the impeachment hoax.”

Biden, who has previously been critical of the Trump administration’s handling of the virus, added that the government’s scientists should have more control in responding to the crisis.

The New York Times reported on Thursday that health officials would have to coordinate all of their statements and appearances through Mike Pence’s office after the vice president was tapped by Trump to oversee the government’s response to the outbreak.

“Look, this is a serious, serious, serious problem. It's able to be solved, but it requires us to be absolutely levelheaded and let the scientists have the lead in all of this,” the former vice president said Saturday. “But for him to stop and start talking about being a hoax is absolutely dangerous. It's just not a decent way to act."

The coronavirus has infected nearly 85,000 people worldwide, mostly in China. The death toll stands at more than 2,900.

Marc Caputo contributed to this report.

Rampant lung disease: Donald Trump: Coronavirus is "the latest Democratic joke" .
© Getty Images / AFP / Spencer Platt Donald Trump at a campaign event in South Carolina. The US President feels that the Coronavirus is pressing the US Democrats Covid-19 has also reached the United States. Donald Trump is convinced that this should not cause any problems for his country. The only problem - at least in his eyes: how the Democrats supposedly try to use the virus against him. People in the USA have also been infected with the novel corona virus.

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