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Trump, Biden banter over COVID-19 facemasks

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PRESIDENT Donald Trump has launched verbal attack on Joe Biden for calling on governors to mandate all Americans wear masks for the next three months, accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of politicising the issue for cheap political gains.

  Trump says, Biden has always approached coronavirus pandemic with biased views, disregarding scientific evidence and putting left-wing politics before facts and evidence; adding that Biden was advocating for the president, the use of executive power to institute a nationwide mask mandate.

The vocal American president further averred that Biden insinuated the locking of all Americans in their basements for months on end.

“To Joe, I would say, stop playing politics with the virus,” the Republican president said at a White House press briefing yesterday.

Continuing, “at every turn, Biden has been wrong about the virus, ignoring the scientific evidence and putting left-wing politics before facts,” Trump said at the briefing. Sleepy Joe opposed both the China and Europe travel bans. He opposed the China travel ban that I instituted very early and the Europe ban I instituted quite early.”

In a reaction, Biden replied that he did not call for an executive order, but initially posited for institution of a mask mandate nationwide, that should start immediately.

Noting further, the Democratic presidential aspirant, Biden, affirmed that it should be left for the governors to make mask-wearing mandatory, while offering no comment about his proposal to keep Americans indoors.

He however argued that economic reopenings in states have been rushed and without proper guidance from the federal government to keep Americans safe.

Information says, Trump spent early months of the pandemic refusing to wear any mask during public appearances, ridiculing reporters who wore them and retweeting messages making fun of Biden for wearing a mask and implying that he looked weak.

Trump was reported to have changed his mind on mask wearing, appearing in public with a mask about a month ago, during a visit to a military hospital.

According to Trump yesterday, “it is patriotic for Americans to wear masks; maybe they’re great, maybe, they’re just good. Maybe they’re not so good.”

Report says, Biden called on all Americans to wear masks, citing health experts’ predictions that it could save 40,000 lives from the coronavirus over the next three months.

“This is America. Be a patriot, protect your fellow citizens. Step up. Do the right thing.” Biden said.

Experts say the back-and-forth has created a new attack line from Trump, who is trailing Biden significantly in most nationwide and swing state surveys, while Biden has made what he says is Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic, which has now caused the deaths of at least 167,000 people in the United States, a centerpiece of his attacks on the president.

Further report says, Trump has warned America of imminent economic catastrophe should they elect Biden in the coming poll.

He added that the Democratic presidential aspirant would cause everything from stock market crash to surge of crime in the suburbs.

Trump has been said to be tactical in taking on Biden when it comes to the pandemic, choosing instead to deflect blame for the deaths and economic damage.

Trump has maintained his push for schools and businesses to continue opening and called for college football to go on despite several leading leagues deciding to cancel this year’s season.

“We will continue to urge Americans to wear masks when they cannot socially distance but we do not need to bring the full weight of the federal government down on law-abiding Americans to accomplish this goal.” Trump said.

He added; “all Americans must have their freedoms. I trust the American people and their governors very much… Joe doesn’t know too much.”

The American president further dismissed critics who say he was too slow to react to the pandemic in the U.S., claiming on Fox Business Network that he is not to blame.

“Look, we got hit by the China plague, and we’re not going to forget it.  “We got hit by the China plague.” He said.

Meanwhile, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) McConaughey Fauci, while speaking with CNBC media on the issue threw his weight behind Biden, insisting masks have to be used mandatorily.

 “My recommendation, as you probably know because I’ve said it publicly so many times is that absolutely we should have universal wearing of masks.” Fauci said.

He added, “the difficulty with mandates is that it tends to be a pushback about, ‘do you have to waste time enforcing it, or can you really use the power of persuasion from the leadership, everybody doing it, because it’s so important?’ And there’s a debate whether you get any extra mileage out of mandating it. Myself, personally, I would say everybody should have to use it.”

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