Friday, 14 May 2021

Biden campaign aims to keep focus on COVID-19 response as Trump is treated in hospital


WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign strove to keep its focus on the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, as President Donald Trump received treatment for COVID-19 at a military hospital.

Biden, who shared a debate stage with Trump last Tuesday, tested negative for the coronavirus again on Sunday, following two negative tests on Friday, the day Trump disclosed his COVID-19 infection.,

Biden and his wife, Jill, are due to resume in-person campaigning on Monday in Florida, where opinion polls show a tight race for the state’s crucial 29 electoral college votes less than a month before the Nov. 3 election.

Biden has repeatedly wished the president a speedy recovery. But the former vice president and his aides have used his Republican rival’s positive test to underline a consistent campaign message: Biden would handle the pandemic better than Trump.

In a video here posted on Twitter, Trump said he had “learned a lot about COVID” during his stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.

“I learned it by really going to school – this is the real school, this isn’t the let’s read the book school — and I get it. And I understand it.”

Tony Blinken, the Biden campaign s foreign policy adviser, shot back here on Twitter that Trump s realizations about COVID-19 were “devastating” at this late stage.

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