Biden says will not hold campaign rallies due to pandemic

Elias Hubbard
July 1, 2020

Biden spoke at a high school in Wilmington, Delaware, where he took questions from reporters for the first time in months after delivering a speech attacking Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

On the question of the three debates he has agreed to participate in with Mr. Trump in the fall, Biden said, "I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I'm running against".

Joe Biden is hiding in the basement and not saying anything.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden rebuked President Trump on Tuesday over reports that sensitive intelligence about a Russian spy agency offering bounties to Afghan militants to kill US and coalition forces was included in the president's briefing material months ago.

Still, a slim majority of Americans thinks Trump has a better handle on the economy than Biden.

"So the idea that somehow he didn't know or isn't being briefed, it is a dereliction of duty", Biden said.

The Associated Press has reported that at least one of Trump's daily intelligence briefings included evidence of Russian bounties. And he said, were he president, he would call Russian President Vladimir Putin and say, "Vladimir, old buddy, if any of this is true ... you've got a big problem". Trump, 74, and his allies have repeatedly pushed the narrative that Biden, 77, is mentally unfit for the presidency.

The Q&A with reporters and the speech that preceded it was an opportunity for Biden to draw sharp contrasts with Trump on topics including foreign policy, the pandemic and cognitive ability.

"The president talks about cognitive capability, but he is not cognitively aware of what's going on", Biden said, reversing a hit the president has used against him.

"Now, it's nearly July, and it seems the wartime president has surrendered, has waved the white flag and left the field of battle", Biden said, slamming the president because he "gives us no direction" and "pits us against one another".

As he has for weeks, Biden hammered Trump for giving Americans a "false choice" between "lives and livelihoods". He said that's necessary to restore the confidence that businesses, workers and consumers need to jump-start the economy.

Trump has made clear he wants to return to campaigning, but on Tuesday his team said it had no new dates or locations to announce.

It was not distinct if Biden, 77, was referring to a particular health practitioner who has encouraged he keep off the path out of wellness considerations for him and attendees, or the United States govt suggestions that urge People to not take part in functions the place big crowds get. "We can't continue - half wearing masks and half rejecting science. We can't defeat this virus with a piecemeal approach".

Biden said that, if elected, he would ask the federal government's top disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to serve another term. Fauci warned at a Senate hearing Tuesday that he wouldn't be surprised if the daily count of new cases reaches 100,000 without further intervention. That's when governors and mayors around the country first began issuing stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines to prevent the pandemic's spread.

He said statues of Washington and Jefferson should be protected, despite the fact "they may have things in their past that are now, and then, distasteful".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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