Trump expresses 'heartfelt sympathy' as USA passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths

Ross Houston
May 28, 2020

Democrats savaged the president for appearing insensitive to the magnitude of the moment.

He and wife Jill Biden wore black masks over their noses and mouths as they laid a wreath at a veteran's memorial near their home city of Wilmington.

When asked why he wasn't wearing one, the president claimed Ford officials had told him that wearing a mask was "not necessary" at that moment.

More than 14 hours after 100,000 Americans were reported to have died from the novel coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Thursday acknowledged the death toll, calling it a "very sad milestone". In the Snapchat video, the lyrics said, "I don't want Joe Biden, I need Joe Biden, as long as you have me you don't need Joe Biden", as the tune sounded.

"He's a fool, an absolute fool, to talk that way", Mr Biden said. "This macho stuff, for a guy - I shouldn't get going, but it just, it costs people's lives".

Mr Biden added that "every leading doc in the world is saying you should wear a mask when you're in a crowd".

By contrast, Trump is heavily supported by blue-collar white men, and "they regard the mask as a sign of weakness", University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato said.

"It presents and projects as leadership", Mr Biden said.

Politico reports that Trump later denied criticising Mr Biden for wearing a mask when he ventured outside.

Some may say it was a questionable move by Trump considering T.I's expressed Donnie.

In contrast, Trump chose once again to be mask-less as he participated in a ceremony honoring the nation's fallen service members at Arlington Cemetery Monday before flying to Baltimore with Melania for a second service at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.

Eric Trump, the president's son, meanwhile, was focused on the stock market, quote-tweeting a post from the conservative Washington Examinerthat said the "Dow Jones [has shown] some numbers we haven't seen since early March".

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Testing for coronavirus is now widely available across Australia.

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