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Monday, March 23, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday accused President Trump of dithering in the early days of the coronavirus, saying that a "failure of planning and preparation" by the White House has worsened the health and economic crises the nation faces.

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"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."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-23 05:07 PM | Reply

"Trump keeps saying he's a wartime president, well start to act like one,"

Donald is deathly afraid of making a mistake he can't wiggle out from under.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-23 05:26 PM | Reply

"Donald is deathly afraid of making a mistake he can't wiggle out from under."

Yep. That's why he's desperately hoping the buck stops with Fifty Governors who've mostly been asking in vain for Federal help.
His Useful Idiots are doing their best to make sure that narrative sticks.

pandemic
/pandemik/
Learn to pronounce
adjective
(of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.

Therefore, the best response is at the state level!
Signed,
Deporables

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-23 05:37 PM | Reply

Yet Biden still supports the for profit health care insurance industry. The very same industry that failed during this pandemic.

giphy.com

#4 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-03-23 06:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Golly gosh darn, I best get a-crackin to look Presidential!!

-Creepy Uncle Joe

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-23 06:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Having watched most of the counter briefing, I didn't see him discuss a single thing that the corona virus response team isn't already doing. He also seemed to be having difficulty with the teleprompter or whatever cueing system he using.

Since it's his first shot at it from the studio they set up in his house I guess we need to cut him some slack, but his team needs to do much better next time.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-23 06:32 PM | Reply

For old guy with dementia, Joe's hindsight is nearly 20/20.

#7 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-23 07:04 PM | Reply

Joe may as well claim credit for any US success in mitigating covid, he will have had at least as much to do with it as the-------------.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-23 07:11 PM | Reply

No kiddies to fondle?

#9 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2020-03-23 07:21 PM | Reply

#9

Stop complaining, Donnie will take care of your needs.

- discuss a single thing that the corona virus response team isn't already doing

Yeah, NOW, Trumper. He was too busy calling it a hoax early on.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-23 09:04 PM | Reply

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#10

Continuing to repeat that lie isn't magically going to make it true.

Jill joins Joe at the end of the counter briefing

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-23 09:29 PM | Reply

Since it's his first shot at it from the studio they set up in his house I guess we need to cut him some slack, but his team needs to do much better next time.

#6 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Agreed. It's not a good look.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-23 09:41 PM | Reply

You'd think the Deep State would have better production values!

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-23 09:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Biden has maintained a consistent science based message while trampy the grabby tabby has flailed from denial to minimizing to blame shifting to lies and now his cowardice is is making him choke on recent wiser words on his teleprompter. The GOP is money over people.

Trump is the weakest POTUS in history. SAD!

#14 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-23 10:08 PM | Reply

You'd think the Deep State would have better production values!
#13 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Gov't procurement is a front for larceny. Entire agencies sit in Herman Miller chairs.

you've been robbed.

#15 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-23 10:44 PM | Reply

"Trump made 33 false claims about the coronavirus crisis in the first two weeks of March"

www.cnn.com

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"At a February 28 rally in Charleston, South Carolina, Trump told thousands of cheering fans that "the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus."

"One of my people came up to me and said, 'Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.' That did not work out too well." Trump told the crowd. "They could not do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. ... They tried anything. ... And this is their new hoax."

When criticism of his administration's response ramped up, he tried to compare the coronavirus to the flu.

As recently as March 9, Trump continued to say the flu was more dangerous than the coronavirus and that Democrats and the press were inflaming the public reaction to the coronavirus."

www.businessinsider.com

Poor RoCoronavirus.... ever deeper in pettifogging an issue just to be the very best Trump obfuscator there is!

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-23 11:10 PM | Reply

Biden wants to active the National Guard and Reserves to staff emergency hospitals help with the Chinese Flu. Where does he think those doctors and nurses are going to come? What does he think they are doing right now?

#17 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-24 02:12 PM | Reply

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