‘Piece of work’ prez must heed pros: Joe

New York Daily News - - CORONAVIRU­S OUTBREAK - BY DAVE GOLDINER

Joe Bi­den at­tacked Pres­i­dent Trump for sug­gest­ing Amer­ica could be up and run­ning by Easter — a mis­take he warned could cost many lives.

Speak­ing to CNN from his Delaware home, Bi­den (inset) called on Trump to lis­ten to med­i­cal ex­perts like Dr. An­thony Fauci, who have said it would be im­moral to im­peril the health of Amer­i­cans. Easter for many is April 12, less than three weeks away.

“He should stop talk­ing and start lis­ten­ing to the med­i­cal ex­perts,” Bi­den said, wear­ing an open-neck shirt and speak­ing di­rectly into the cam­era. “You want an eco­nomic cri­sis, watch this spike. Watch the num­ber of dead go up.”

The Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial front-run­ner said he spends up to three hours each morn­ing dis­cussing the cri­sis on the phone with eco­nomic and med­i­cal ex­perts.

“We all want the econ­omy to open as rapidly as pos­si­ble,” he said. “The way to do that is to take care of the med­i­cal side of this im­me­di­ately.”

CNN host Jake Tap­per chided Bi­den for cough­ing into his hand — in­stead of us­ing his el­bow as health of­fi­cials sug­gest.

“It’s kind of old school,” Bi­den re­sponded, not­ing that he was alone in the base­ment TV stu­dio that has been built for him to do in­ter­views.

Bi­den called Trump’s re­sponse to the cri­sis “as­ton­ish­ingly slow” and shook his head at the pres­i­dent’s in­abil­ity to mo­bi­lize ba­sic equip­ment for des­per­ate states like New York.

He shrugged off a ques­tion about pro­gres­sive ri­val Sen. Bernie San­ders, who has so far re­fused to throw in the towel de­spite be­ing far be­hind in the pres­i­den­tial del­e­gate race.

“That’s a de­ci­sion for him to make, not me,” Bi­den said con­fi­dently.

Bi­den said he is tak­ing pre­cau­tions against con­tract­ing the coro­n­avirus, in­clud­ing re­quir­ing all vis­i­tors and aides to wear gloves and masks.

Trump has sought to por­tray him­self as a non­par­ti­san “wartime” fig­ure lead­ing the na­tion in a time of cri­sis. But he has con­tin­ued to snipe at Bi­den, la­bel­ing him “Sleepy Joe” on Tuesday for a sec­ond straight day even as he has taken a some­what softer tone to­ward some other Democrats.

Bi­den shook his head at Trump’s ap­par­ent in­abil­ity to avoid ju­ve­nile in­sults.

“What a piece of work. What is he do­ing?” Bi­den asked. “This is bizarre.”

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