Biden Says ‘Wartime President Trump Has Surrendered’ as Coronavirus Surges

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden laid out his most comprehensive, detailed case to date against President Donald Trump, saying he “has waved the white flag and left the field of battle” against the resurgent coronavirus pandemic, CNBC informs.

Speaking in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden also staked out positions on a range of hot-button issues, including the alleged Russian bounties paid for dead American troops in Afghanistan, the removal of Confederate monuments and his own cognitive ability.

With coronavirus cases surging across the country and several states rolling back their reopening plans, Biden’s most effective lines against Trump were his critiques of the President’s response to a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 125,000 Americans since February, CNBC adds.

Biden’s remarks also came as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the administration’s leading voice on the virus, warned Tuesday that the U.S. could top 100,000 cases a day.

“All of the steps you’ve taken so far haven’t gotten the job done, Mr. President,” Biden said.

Trump insists that the recent surge in cases is due to broader testing and not a resurgence of the virus itself, CNBC adds.

“Remember back in March when he called himself a wartime president?” Biden said in his remarks. “Remember when he exhorted the nation to ‘sacrifice together’ to face an ‘invisible enemy’? What happened? Now it’s almost July, and it seems the wartime president has surrendered — has waved the white flag and left the field of battle.”

Biden also used the speech to lay out his own five-point plan to address the pandemic, one of several contrasts he drew between Trump and himself.

The former vice president said he would provide free nationwide coronavirus testing, deploy 100,000 contact tracers, establish national standards for reopening, use the Defense Production Act to further increase protective equipment manufacturing, and provide additional federal support to the elderly and people of color, who have been especially hard-hit by the virus.

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