Biden says Trump is ‘surrendering’ to coronavirus, putting lives at risk

DARBY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of “surrendering” to the coronavirus pandemic and failing to remain ready for a resurgence that would put a U.S. financial restoration in danger.

“American people sacrificed so much to fight this virus… we may lose some the progress we’ve begun to make. All because he’s lost interest,” Biden stated. “Now he’s just flat surrendering the fight.”

Trump is raring to reopen the economic system and resume political campaigning at the same time as coronavirus circumstances have began to rise once more, with report will increase reported this week in Oklahoma, Texas and Oregon.

The president is planning his first rally for the reason that coronavirus pressured individuals to remain at residence three months in the past on Saturday in closely Republican Oklahoma, over the objections of public well being officers.

“He’s so eager to get back to campaign rallies that he’s putting people at risk,” Biden stated in a speech close to Philadelphia, his third go to to the important thing battleground state of Pennsylvania this month.

A spokesman for Trump’s marketing campaign, Ken Farnaso, referred to as the speech a “rehash” of “failed attacks” on Trump’s bipartisan method to combating the coronavirus.

“President Trump and the nation’s governors have partnered up in the greatest public and private sector mobilization effort since [World War Two], while Biden has done nothing but sit on the sidelines fear-mongering and rooting against America’s success,” he stated.

Biden is in search of to capitalize on a rising lead in nationwide polls and to decrease Trump’s benefit of being seen by voters as finest outfitted to rebuild the coronavirus-scarred economic system.

A Reuters/Ipsos ballot on Wednesday confirmed the Democrat with a 13-percentage-point lead. Still, 43% % of registered voters stated they thought Trump can be a greater steward of the economic system than Biden, towards 38% who stated Biden can be higher.

Commerce Department information on Tuesday confirmed U.S. retail gross sales rising by 17.7% final month, essentially the most on report, after two straight months of sharp declines. That rebound is threatened by sure areas seeing a resurgence of the virus.

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Biden has put ahead a plan to reopen the economic system together with expanded coronavirus testing and protecting gear for individuals who return to work, in addition to paid sick depart, small-business grants and hiring a workforce to chart the illness’s unfold.

Before his speech on Wednesday, Biden met with enterprise homeowners in Pennsylvania struggling to climate the pandemic.

Trump received Pennsylvania by lower than a share level in 2016, an sudden victory together with wins in Wisconsin and Michigan that propelled him to the presidency.

Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw in Pennsylvania and Trevor Hunnicutt in New York; modifying by Soyoung Kim, Jonathan Oatis and Sonya Hepinstall


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