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Bi­den: Trump has ‘a lot to an­swer for’

- BY BILL BAR­ROW AND ALEXAN­DRA JAFFE U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Elections · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Joe Biden · Donald Trump · Wilmington, DE · Delaware · Joe · United States of America · Russia · Congress of the United States · Oval Office

WILM­ING­TON, Del. — Joe Bi­den took ag­gres­sive aim Tues­day at Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s fit­ness for the Oval Of­fice, sug­gest­ing he has ab­di­cated his duty to pro­tect U.S. troops fac­ing Rus­sian threats abroad and Amer­i­can cit­i­zens fac­ing a pan­demic and eco­nomic calamity at home.

Bi­den, the pre­sump­tive Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, told re­porters Trump has “a lot to an­swer for” con­cern­ing news re­ports that he was ad­vised as early as March 2019 of in­tel­li­gence that sug­gested Russia was of­fer­ing boun­ties to the Tal­iban for the deaths of Amer­i­cans. And in pre­pared re­marks, Bi­den ac­cused Trump of “wav­ing the white flag” as coro­n­avirus cases spike na­tion­wide and the death toll sur­passes 125,000.

The one-two punch re­flects the core of Bi­den’s can­di­dacy, which he built on the ar­gu­ment that Trump is morally and tem­per­a­men­tally un­fit to lead the na­tion. He sought again Tues­day to draw con­trasts with his own ex­pe­ri­ence and style as a former vice pres­i­dent and long­time sen­a­tor.

Bi­den stopped short of say­ing Trump had vi­o­lated his oath or should face con­se­quences from Congress based on any in­ac­tion on po­ten­tial Rus­sian boun­ties. But he called it “an ab­so­lute dere­lic­tion of duty if any of this is even re­motely true,” and, in that case, he added, “the pub­lic should, un­re­lated to my run­ning, con­clude that this man is un­fit to be pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica.”

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