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Joe Biden’s campaign excoriated Eric Trump for claiming Democrats would stop caring about the coronavirus crisis immediately after Election Day.
The president’s son claimed during an interview on Saturday that Democratic leaders are keeping their states shutdown to politically damage President Trump. He said the shutdowns were meant to prevent his father from holding campaign rallies and that the coronavirus will “magically all of a sudden go away and disappear” following November’s election.
Biden’s campaign called the comments careless.
“We’re in the middle of the biggest public health emergency in a century, with almost 90,000 Americans dead, 1.5 million infected, and 36 million workers newly jobless, so for Eric Trump to claim that the coronavirus is a political hoax that will ‘magically’ disappear is absolutely stunning and unbelievably reckless,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s communications director, Kate Bedingfield, said in a statement Sunday.
Bedingfield accused Trump of ignoring the threat of the virus for months, allowing “countless unnecessary deaths.”
“Trump’s campaign knows he can’t run on that dismal record so they’re desperate to do whatever they can to throw up a smokescreen to try to conceal his historic mismanagement of this crisis,” she said.
The Trump administration has blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to prepare for a pandemic, while saying that its response “has saved lives.”
“His early travel restrictions and quarantines protected the American public while his Paycheck Protection Program and direct payments to Americans got needed economic relief to our country,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement Saturday. “Moreover, President Trump directed the greatest mobilization of the private sector since World War II to fill the stockpile left depleted by his predecessor.”
President Barack Obama’s National Security Council did leave the Trump administration a 69-page playbook on how to respond to a pandemic, which McEnany said was “insufficient,” without giving further details.