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Politics Biden hits Trump over coronavirus response: 'Whatever it is that we're doing now, it's not working'

22:30  30 june  2020
22:30  30 june  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Biden Hits Trump’s Coronavirus Response: ‘He’s Worried About Looking Bad’

  Biden Hits Trump’s Coronavirus Response: ‘He’s Worried About Looking Bad’ Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday laced into President Trump, condemning him for saying he ordered a slowdown of coronavirus testing and comparing the sitting president to a whiny child. “He admitted telling people, and I quote, ‘You have to slow the testing down, slow it down please,’” said Mr. Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. “He thinks that finding out that more Americans are sick will make him look bad. That’s what he’s worried about, he’s worried about looking bad.

Joe Biden hit President Trump over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, stressing the need for a uniform nationwide response.

a man wearing a red neck tie: Biden hits Trump over coronavirus response: 'Whatever it is that we're doing now, it's not working' © Getty Images Biden hits Trump over coronavirus response: 'Whatever it is that we're doing now, it's not working'

"We need real plans, real guidelines with uniform nationwide standards to help us chart our economic reopening," the presumptive Democratic nominee for president told reporters during an address in Wilmington, Dele. "Whatever we've been doing now is not working. The state-by-state approach will only produce confusion and slow any progress."

Biden would use executive powers to make people wear masks in public

  Biden would use executive powers to make people wear masks in public In an interview with CBS affiliate KDKA, Biden said that masks "make a gigantic difference" in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "I would go back to making sure that everybody had masks," Biden said. Both he and the interviewer wore masks and stood eight feet apart."The one thing we do know is that these masks make a gigantic difference. I would insist that everybody (in) public be wearing that masks," Biden continued.

Biden went on to emphasize the need for all Americans to wear a mask amid the pandemic, which Trump has said should be decided by localities.

"We need an absolute clear message from the top of our federal government that everyone needs to wear a mask. Period," Biden said.

The former vice president laid out a multi-step approach to combat the virus during the address, building upon a plan he released to combat the pandemic in March.

The plan includes federal support for increased testing, improved contact tracing, and the establishment of a Pandemic Testing Board. Biden also called on Trump to fix the shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) through use of the Defense Protection Act.

Biden blasts Trump, offers solutions to pandemic during Wilmington speech

  Biden blasts Trump, offers solutions to pandemic during Wilmington speech Vice President Joe Biden criticized President Donald Trump for his handling of the pandemic.During a speech at Alexis I. duPont High School in Wilmington, Biden outlined the plan, which includes increased testing and rigorous contact tracing, and follows a roadmap that Biden released in March that he said would have saved lives if it had been adopted.

Biden also touched on the issue of an eventual vaccine, saying the administration should have a "laser focus" on the issue, and restore U.S. relations with the World Health Organization.

"Whatever it is that we're doing now, it's not working. A state-by-state approach will only produce confusion and slow any progress," he said.

The former vice president revealed in a question and answer session with reporters after the address that he has not yet been tested for the virus, adding that he expects to be tested "relatively soon."

"I have not been tested for the coronavirus for two reasons. One, I have had no symptoms," Biden said. "And number two, I haven't wanted to take anyone else's place in the process."

Biden added that his Secret Service protection officers and staff around his Delaware home have been tested.

The remarks come as coronavirus cases in the U.S. have soared in a number of states including Florida, Texas, and Arizona.

Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, said on Tuesday that the U.S. could reach 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day if the country does not gain control of the virus's spread.

Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office .
Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he would reverse President Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) if elected. © GETTY IMAGES Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office The former vice president said rejoining the WHO would be one of his first steps as president. "Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health. On my first day as President, I will rejoin the @WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage," Biden tweeted Tuesday, after Trump officially moved to withdraw the U.S. from the WHO.

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