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Joe Biden urges caution on reopenings, slams Trump

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President Donald Trump revealed Friday the latest White House staffer to test positive for the coronavirus is Pence press secretary Katie Miller, wife of Trump adviser Stephen Miller. She tested negative Thursday, a day before her positive result. (May 8)

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WASHINGTON – Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Monday widespread testing is the only path to reopen the nation’s economy, arguing the “economy isn’t a light switch” that can simply be turned on.

Biden urged caution on reopening the country in a Washington Post op-ed that accused President Donald Trump of dividing Americans over the pandemic rather than preparing the nation to safely return to normal.

The former vice president said the economy will not get back to full strength if the number of new cases is still rising and people still don’t feel safe to return to normal activities. He pointed to Georgia, which has experienced 92% fewer patrons at restaurants than normal in the two weeks since the state’s dine-in restaurants were allowed to reopen April 27.

Biden’s position is in sharp contrast to Trump, who has pinned his reelection hopes on the nation’s ability to quickly reopen even as coronavirus cases still rise. Trump offered support to activists who protested state stay-at-home orders, and on Monday, he tweeted, “The Democrats are moving slowly, all over the USA, for political purposes. They would wait until November 3rd if it were up to them. Don’t play politics. Be safe, move quickly!”

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A new Gallup poll released Monday found 73% of Americans believe it is “very important” that there be a significant reduction of new COVID-19 cases or deaths before returning to their normal activities. Ninety-two percent of Democrats said it’s “very important,” but only 55% of Republicans agreed.

A smaller percentage of Americans, 61%, said it’s “very important” to have widespread testing to monitor the coronavirus before resuming their normal activities. That includes 87% of Democrats and 60% of independents, but just 30% of Republicans.

Biden said “people need confidence” to return to normal and that the solution “isn’t a mystery.” It’s the production and distribution of adequate testing, he said, as well as protocols that are consistent with the guidance of public health experts.

“Doing so would speed up the reopening process considerably and make it a whole lot more effective,” Biden said. He added the White House is “fully aware this is the right path,” noting that staff members who interact with Trump receive daily tests. 

The White House tightened its own coronavirus precautions after two aides tested positive for coronavirus – a personal valet for Trump and Katie Miller, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence.

“They knew exactly how to make the Oval Office safe and operational, and they put in the work to do it,” Biden said. “They just haven’t put in that same work for the rest of us.

“If Trump and his team understand how critical testing is to their safety – and they seem to, given their own behavior – why are they insisting that it’s unnecessary for the American people?”

Trump campaign fires back

Researchers at Harvard’s Global Health Institute estimate the U.S. needs to conduct more than 900,000 tests daily to effectively trace new outbreaks. Nearly 9 million Americans have so far been tested for the coronavirus, according to The Covid 19 Project, but only one day has seen more than 300,000 new tests.

Nearly one-third of governors said in April their states lacked sufficient supplies to conduct enough testing in their states to reopen their economies, though Trump has touted the number of overall tests the U.S. has conducted.

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In a statement to USA TODAY, Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump campaign, accused Biden of continuing to “lob political duds from his basement in a desperate search for relevance.” He defended Trump’s leadership throughout the coronavirus crisis.

“The President also knows that we cannot allow our economy to lie dormant indefinitely, as that would lead to its own massive set of problems,” Murtaugh said. “We must reopen the economy as soon as it is safely possible in order to get the country moving again. If anyone is dividing America, it is Joe Biden, who sits on the sidelines and offers nothing but criticism as he attempts to undermine Americans’ confidence in the response to the virus.”

In his op-ed, Biden said that instead of unifying the country to accelerate its public health response to the coronavirus outbreak, Trump has reverted to a “familiar strategy” of deflecting blame and sowing division. He accused Trump of hoping to divide Americans into two campus: Democrats hoping to “keep America grounded” and Republicans trying to “liberate the economy.”

Biden called it a “childish” tactic. He said the truth is everyone wants to reopen as soon as possible but that governors haven’t gotten the tools to do so. 

Reach Joey Garrison on Twitter @joeygarrison.

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  1. What does Biden know? Only what he is told! Biden is another Little Sir Echo! Hell, he can’t remember what day it is and you want him for POTUS?

  2. Biden , doesn’t even know which city or state you are living in. But communist / Liberals Dems wants him to be President. That’s the depth of intellectual they have.

  3. Let us take a honest looksee at crazy uncle joey, can we please. He can’t remember which state is his speaking in, he can’t remember if he is running for President or the Senate, he introduced his sister as being his wife at a speech he was given, hell this panty-waste is suffering from Alzheimer’s or at least dementia, why he can’t remember the name of his boss, namely Obama, he actually forgot Obama’s name during a speech. All you can do is shake your head in stark and total disbelief that this troll has the unmitigated audacity to run for President of the United States, the most powerful country in the whole world and Joey can’t remember his own name for God sakes! But then who else do the DemonRATS have to run, Hillary RODENT Clinton? I call Hillary the “RODENT”, because after all we all must agree, she is the mother of all RATS isn’t she, at the very minimum she’s proven this to us over and over and over again and again – right? All I ask is will you please be honest with yourself, do you really want a moronic, imbecile with substantial memory lost to become the President of the United States? If that doesn’t both you then this might, this idiot is making promises to all American’s, to give us all free things, which everyone on earth knows he can’t possibly do because he is lying to us again. Old Crazy Uncle Joey is an infamous liar, he’s been lying to us for over 40 years, he has never kept one single promise he has ever made to us and now the truth is finally coming out of the women this bastard has been sexually abusing, and there are lots of them in line trying to stop this scoundrel from becoming president.


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