Politics Joe Biden slams Trump for bungling coronavirus response in ‘He Knew’ ad

04:45  22 march  2020
04:45  22 march  2020 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday slammed the Trump administration's handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak, saying he would handle it differently if he were president.

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Joe Biden slammed President Trump Saturday over his failure to contain the coronavirus crisis in a new digital ad.

The Democratic presidential front-runner detailed Trump’s statements downplaying the severity of the crisis even as the pandemic spread across the globe.

“Donald Trump has failed the American people,” Biden wrote on Twitter.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie © Matt Rourke

Trump says he has done a “tremendous” job mobilizing the nation in the face of a crisis that no one could have seen coming.

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But Biden and a chorus of critics say he ignored warnings and stoked doubts about the severity of coronavirus until it was far too late.

The ad comes as a new Washington Post report says Trump was given intelligence reports that the pandemic would hit the U.S. as early as January.

The president denied the reports and lashed out at The Post, without specifically denying the details of the report.

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Trump briefly mentioned Biden in his press conference Saturday, rebuffing what he claimed was unfair criticism by “Sleepy Joe” of Trump’s ban on travel from China.

Biden has maintained somewhat of a lower political profile this week as the coronavirus crisis has transfixed America.

He has all but wrapped up the Democratic nomination after crushing progressive rival Bernie Sanders in a string of big-state primaries last Tuesday. Sanders has so far resisted calls to drop out but has mostly refrained from criticizing Biden.

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President Donald Trump said on Monday that more than 1 million Americans had been tested for coronavirus and urged people to continue to follow social distancing measures through April to prevent the virus from spreading. © Reuters/TOM BRENNER U.S. President Trump leads the daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House in Washington "Every one of us has a role to play in winning this war. Every citizen, family, and business can make the difference in stopping the virus. This is our shared patriotic duty.

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