Biden says nation grieves for 100,000 US coronavirus victims

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden described reported discussions by the Trump administration over whether to conduct a nuclear weapons test as reckless today, saying it could spur other countries to follow a risky United States lead.

Democratic US presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is seen at War Memorial Plaza during Memorial Day, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in New Castle, Delaware, US, May 25, 2020.

Biden has been highly critical of Republican President Donald Trump's pandemic response. Biden changed his avatar on Twitter to his now infamous masked appearance. "They're inside, and they don't wear masks".

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At a roundtable with industry executives on reopening the economy on April 29, Trump said, "if you think that we'd be at 65 or 70 or 60 or whatever the final number will be - one is too many".

She said that it was "a bit peculiar" that Mr Biden did not wear a mask in his basement, when he was next to his wife, but that "he's wearing one outdoors when he's socially distanced".

"I can promise you from personal experience", he said, reprising a line he used before, "the day will come when the memory of your loved one will bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes". "But I thought that was fine". Biden's vehicle was also driven by an agent.

When asked if wearing a mask in public is a sign of strength or weakness, the presumptive Democratic nominee said it shows "leadership".

"No sir, I just want to wear the mask", Mason responded.

Biden gave his first in-person interview in almost two months on Tuesday to CNN's Dana Bash, calling Trump a "fool".

He continued that Trump is "a fool, an absolute fool to be talking that way", and that his commentary is "macho stuff". "I mean, every leading doc in the world is saying we should wear a mask when you're in a crowd, and especially when you know you're going to be in a position where you're going to inadvertently get closer than 12 feet to somebody".

"I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it", Trump said.

The exchange was the latest mixed message coming from the White House on wearing masks in public situations. While masks are not considered to offer much protection for the wearer, they do keep some infectious particles from spreading to others, according to health experts.

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