Democrat Joe Biden and US President Donald Trump (Pictures | AP)
WILMINGTON: President Donald Trump on Thursday attacked Joe Biden for calling on governors to mandate that each one Individuals put on masks for the following three months, accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of politicizing a problem Trump himself has used for political gain in latest months.
Trump claimed Biden has been mistaken concerning the coronavirus pandemic at each flip, “ignoring the scientific proof and placing left-wing politics earlier than info and proof.“ Trump went on to falsely say that Biden was advocating for the president to make use of govt energy to institute a nationwide masks mandate and that Biden was in favor of “locking all Individuals of their basements for months on finish.”
“To Joe, I’d say cease taking part in politics with the virus,“ Trump mentioned on the White House press briefing.
Biden didn’t name for an govt order, however did at an earlier marketing campaign occasion name for the establishment of “a masks mandate nationwide, beginning instantly.” Biden clarified, nevertheless, that it must be left as much as the governors to make mask-wearing obligatory. He mentioned nothing about conserving Individuals indoors, however has argued that financial reopenings in states have been rushed and with out correct steerage from the federal authorities to maintain Individuals secure.
Trump spent the early months of the pandemic refusing to put on a masks throughout public appearances, ridiculing reporters who wore them, and retweeting messages making enjoyable of Biden for carrying a masks and implying that he appears weak. Trump first wore a masks in public a couple of month in the past, throughout a go to to a army hospital, and has since expressed assist for them at occasions.
On Thursday, he mentioned it is patriotic for Individuals to put on masks, however added, “possibly they’re nice, and possibly they’re simply good. Perhaps they don’t seem to be so good.”
Biden, at his earlier occasion, mentioned all Individuals ought to put on masks, citing well being consultants’ predictions that it may save 40,000 lives from the coronavirus over the following three months. The Democratic presidential candidate additionally responded to those that push again in opposition to such mandates.
“That is America. Be a patriot. Shield your fellow residents. Step up, do the fitting factor.”
The back-and-forth marked a brand new line of assault from Trump, who’s trailing Biden considerably in most nationwide and swing-state surveys. Biden has made what he says is Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic _ which has now precipitated the deaths of 166,000 Individuals _ a centerpiece of his assaults on the president.
Whereas the president has charged that if Biden have been elected he would trigger every little thing from a inventory market crash to a surge of crime within the suburbs, he has largely averted taking Biden on in relation to the pandemic, selecting as a substitute to deflect blame for the deaths and financial injury.
On Wednesday, when the U.S. reported 1,499 new coronavirus deaths, the best quantity in a single day since Might, Trump pushed for faculties and companies to proceed opening, and known as for faculty soccer to go on regardless of a number of main leagues deciding to cancel this yr’s season.
On Thursday he once more dismissed critics who say he was too gradual to react to the pandemic within the U.S., saying on Fox Enterprise Community that “no person blames me.”
“Look, we acquired hit by the China plague and we’re not going to overlook it. We acquired hit by the China plague,” he mentioned.