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Com­bat­ive Trump says pan­demic al­most over; Bi­den says he did ‘noth­ing’

- U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Elections · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Donald Trump · Joe Biden · Washington · United States of America

WASH­ING­TON, United States (AFP) — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump gave a com­bat­ive, at times ag­i­tated de­fense of his COVID-19 re­sponse Thurs­day while his elec­tion chal­lenger Joe Bi­den — of­fer­ing a glar­ing con­trast in style in a ri­val tele­vised town hall — ac­cused him of do­ing “noth­ing’’ to end the pan­demic.

The du­el­ing ap­pear­ances, sched­uled at the same time on ri­val net­works, showed Bi­den giv­ing un­flashy, of­ten in-depth an­swers to vot­ers in the au­di­ence, while Trump de­liv­ered a fiery de­fense of his pres­i­dency.

Trump, who is well be­hind in the polls ahead of the Novem­ber 3 elec­tion, was es­pe­cially un­der pres­sure when it came to the coron­avirus that has killed 217,000 Amer­i­cans and in­flicted deep eco­nomic dam­age.

“We’re round­ing the corner,’’ Trump in­sisted with his usual op­ti­mism, even as swaths of the United States see sharply ris­ing caseloads.

By con­trast, Bi­den’s ap­pear­ance on the ri­val ABC news net­work mir­rored his gen­er­ally low-key cam­paign, with prom­ises of bi­par­ti­san heal­ing in di­vided Wash­ing­ton and aim­ing steady fire on Trump’s coron­avirus record.

“We’re in a sit­u­a­tion where we have 210,000 plus peo­ple dead and what’s he do­ing? Noth­ing. He’s still not wear­ing masks,’’ Bi­den said of Trump at the event in Philadel­phia.

His stand­out com­ments at a time of pro­found po­lit­i­cal con­flict in the coun­try were when he vowed to change the at­mos­phere, say­ing “grudges don’t work.’’

“We’ve got to change the na­ture of the way we deal with one an­other,’’ Bi­den said.

“What I will be do­ing if I’m elected pres­i­dent, the first thing — and not a joke... I’m go­ing to pick up the phone and call them and say, ‘Let’s get to­gether.’’

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