On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign stated that it would be more than willing to call Donald Trump and offer advice on the administration’s coronavirus response.
Biden’s offer comes on the heels of Trump’s senior advisor, Kellyanne Conway, attacking Biden’s criticism of the White House’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think it’s really disappointing to have President Obama’s number two, who apparently doesn’t talk much to him, out there, criticizing, instead of saying ‘Hey, here is what we did that we thought was effective.’”
“Why doesn’t Vice President Biden call the White House today and offer some support?” Conway added. She went on to dismiss the former vice president’s statements as “just lobbing criticism.”
Biden’s deputy communications director, Kate Bedingfield, quickly responded to Conway’s statements.
“Vice President Biden has been extending his advice for months, and he did so again on the air last night, Bedingfield stated.
“Donald Trump is not accountable for coronavirus itself – but he is accountable for the federal government’s slow and chaotic response to this outbreak,” Bedingfield then added. “Unfortunately, Trump spent months after the virus was discovered disregarding repeated warnings from his scientific and intelligence experts, and downplaying the threat of this outbreak to the American people. He could have heeded Vice President Biden’s public advice not to take China’s word as they misled the world about their efforts to stop the spread.”
Biden appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday. During the appearance, Biden stated that it was Trump’s “responsibility” to step up and do more in response to the deadly virus. He especially pushed for Trump to ramp up the use of the Defense Production Act.
Biden stated that it would be “wise” for Trump to speak with former President Barack Obama because his administration oversaw the 2014 Ebola outbreak and the 2009 outbreak of the swine flu.
“I don’t get a sense that the president wants to hear from anybody,” Biden stated on Tuesday.
“It’s all about, like, asking governors to thank him for what he’s doing as president? Come on. What is this all about?” Biden said in reference to Trump on stating on Friday that he had asked Vice President Mike Pence not to call governors he did not believe were “appreciative” enough of his efforts in relation to COVID-19.
Former President Obama also spoke out on Tuesday about the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus.
“We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic,” Obama tweeted Tuesday, without directly naming the president. “We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.”
Bedingfield praised Obama in her statements saying that, “the Obama-Biden administration even wrote a literal playbook for a pandemic response, but unfortunately Trump’s administration left it on the shelf. Now, we have more coronavirus cases than any other country.”