In scathing remarks, Joe Biden on Tuesday delivered a forceful rebuke of President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, charging that the president’s steps “haven’t gotten the job done” and claiming Trump had “surrendered” and “waved white flag” in the fight against the outbreak.
Biden’s stepped up attack on the president comes as the nation’s coronavirus death toll nears 125,000 – and as three dozen states have seen surges in reported cases the past month, forcing many of them to pause or reverse efforts to reopen an economy shut down by the outbreak.
After ticking through a month-by-month critique of what he emphasized was the president’s initial downplaying of the pandemic’s severity – and then what he said was Trump’s failure in steering the federal response – Biden spotlighted that “it’s almost July, and it seems like our wartime president has surrendered, waved white flag and left battlefield.”
The former vice president also once again spotlighted his call for Americans to wear masks in public, saying, “It may be inconvenient.
Ahead of Biden’s event, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh argued that “Biden will trot out yet again his same tired attacks on President Trump’s federal coronavirus response.