"For too long, the warning signs were ignored," Biden said. "For too long, the administration said the threats were under control, contained, or like the flu. The president said no one saw this coming. That's just not accurate. Our intelligence officials were warning about the coronavirus threat in January. Just based on public information I had, I warned the threat was getting worse way back on January 27."
"My point is not simply that the president was wrong," Biden continued. "My point is that the mindset that was slow to recognize the problem in the first place, to treat it with a seriousness it deserved, is still too much a part of how the president is addressing the problem."
A shortage of test kits has been among the most glaring shortfalls of the government response, and Biden pointed to South Korea, where testing has been free and easy and the country appears to be on the right trajectory despite identifying its first case on the same day the U.S. did.
"We had none of that, so we're left with only the extreme social distancing measure in place," Biden said. "That's a failure of planning and preparation by the White House."
The former vice president laid out four points of action he wants to see the government take.
Biden said Trump must authorize the Defense Production Act to order companies to make critical health care supplies, such face masks.
"Trump keeps saying he's a wartime president, well start to act like one," Biden said.
Trump has been resistant to ordering companies to make certain items, saying the companies know what they do best and are reacting to market pressures to produce the goods that need to be made.
Biden also said the president must employ the armed forces and National Guard to expand hospital capacity; that Trump must "end the infighting and bickering" between political officials and health experts in his administration; and that he must "set the right priorities for the economic response" by directing cash to average workers, rather than big companies and their executives.
A massive spending bill stalled in the Senate on Sunday night amid allegations from Democrats that it was a "slush fund" for large corporations that could be used for executive bonuses and stock buybacks.
"As of last night, President Trump and Mitch McConnell were offering a plan to let big corporations off the hook," Biden said. "They proposed a $500 billion slush fund for corporations with almost no conditions."