Biden criticizes Trump administration’s coronavirus response


Democratic presidential applicant former Vice President Joe Biden talks with supporters at a campaign event at Wofford College February 28, 2020 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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Previous Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump’s reaction to the coronavirus outbreak here in the U.S., accusing the administration of currently being mostly unprepared.

“We realized this was coming … back as much as January,” the present-day Democratic presidential hopeful reported Sunday on CNN’s “Point out of the Union.” “They did not even start to put together the testing kits. … That is variety of elementary.”

Biden accused the Trump administration of eliminating an business in the White Dwelling to offer with foreseeable future outbreaks of pandemic ailments, which he mentioned was set up all through the Ebola disaster in West Africa from 2014 to 2016.

The major White House official in charge of responding to pandemic ailments, Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer, remaining the Trump administration in 2018 and his staff was disbanded in a shake up of the National Protection Council below John Bolton, in accordance to The Washington Put up. Vice President Mike Pence has been tasked with overseeing the Trump administration’s reaction to the coronavirus. 

“The actuality is, other nations have had hundreds of test so much,” Biden reported on CNN. “What are we carrying out? Why are we just getting started?”

“The idea that this is not a pandemic … is certainly weird,” the previous vice president reported.

A consultant from the White Property failed to right away react to CNBC’s ask for for comment.

Earlier Sunday morning, also showing up on “State of the Union,” present Vice President Mike Pence stated more than 15,000 coronavirus tests kits are in the mail, en route to health specialist. He claimed yet another 50,000 had been purchased.

Biden around the weekend gained the 2020 South Carolina Democratic primary, a required raise for a after-promising presidential marketing campaign. He experienced previously stumbled in early nominating contests — with fourth, fifth and second area finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, respectively.


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