Joe Biden has called the President “bizarre” for his failure to act on Coronavirus. The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate also pointed to his warnings about a pandemic in January.
The former Vice President spoke to Pennsylvania’s WGAL about Donald Trump’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.
“The President is bizarre,” Biden said. ” We left behind a pandemic office. As early as January, middle of January, I was saying, a pandemic is coming.”
“We should be prepared. Why don’t you use the legislation, the act that’s available — the Defense Production Act — to make companies move and build the things they need to build. Provide the protective gear. Build hospitals.”
“What did he do? He waited and waited,” Biden said.
In a separate interview with KDKA, a CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, Biden said he wanted to make wearing masks a requirement for businesses to reopen.
“The one thing we do know, these masks make a gigantic difference. I would insist that everybody in public be wearing that mask,” he said.
“Anyone to reopen, would have to make sure that they walked into a business that had masks.”
“I would do everything possible to make it required the people had to wear masks in public,” Biden said when pressed further.
Darragh Roche is a journalist covering U.S. politics and media