US President Donald Trump gave a combative, sometimes agitated defense of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic Thursday while his election challenger Joe Biden, appearing during a simultaneous television government building on another network, accused him of getting done “nothing.”
“We’re rounding the corner,” Trump said together with his usual optimism, whilst swaths of the us see sharply rising caseloads.
But pressed by the host of the NBC government building in Miami, he became quickly frustrated, especially when he was asked about his lukewarm denunciations of extremist right groups within the us .
He refused to denounce QAnon, a conspiracy theory movement that believes Trump is fighting a “deep state” linked to a mysterious global elite running the world’s governments, while also trafficking in child sex.
Trump said “I ignoramus about QAnon,” then continued to mention that he liked the shadowy group’s position being “very much against pedophilia.”
By contrast, Biden’s appearance on the rival ABC news network was lower key, emphasizing direct conversations with audience members within the government building format held in Philadelphia.
The Democrat, who is holding a gentle lead within the polls before the November 3 election, aimed fire immediately on Trump’s coronavirus record, accusing him of getting failed the country.
“We’re during a situation where we’ve 210,000 plus people dead and what’s he doing? Nothing. He’s still not wearing masks,” Biden said.
– No debate –
Originally, both candidates had been meant to satisfy Thursday for what would are their second of three presidential debates.
The first debate, which happened in Philadelphia, was a brutal affair during which Trump repeatedly talked over the highest of Biden and therefore the Democrat told him to “shut up.” The follow-up, however, was scrapped after organizers switched to a virtual format, citing Trump’s coronavirus infection, and therefore the president refused to simply accept the arrangement.
Trump, who says he’s beyond Covid-19 and came on the campaign trail Monday, has rallies booked round the country for each night in the week .
He predicted to supporters at a rally in North Carolina earlier Thursday that Biden would tend a neater time by the moderator and audience over on ABC. “I’m being found out tonight,” he said.
The decision by NBC to simply accept a Trump appearance at an equivalent time as Biden’s government building likely meant that few Americans would get to ascertain and contrast the 2 men.
This may suit reality television veteran Trump, who has often sought to counter-program his Democratic opponents and hog the media limelight.
But with only 19 days until the election, he’s running out of your time to overtake Biden.
Even an in depth United States Senate ally to Trump, Lindsey Graham, said Thursday that Biden could also be on his thanks to victory.
“You all have an honest chance of winning the White House,” he told Democratic colleagues at the opening of a hearing on Trump’s latest conservative Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
– Harris on hold –
The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 217,000 Americans, continued to disrupt the already tense presidential election.
Following Trump’s temporary outing from the campaign while he recovered last week, Biden’s vice presidential campaigner Kamala Harris has now put her own travel on hold after her communications director tested positive.
Harris staffer Liz Allen and a flight crewman were diagnosed late Wednesday, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said during a statement.
Harris didn’t got to quarantine, O’Malley Dillon added, but “out of an abundance of caution” would cancel travel and campaign virtually before hitting the road again October 19.
Both individuals flew with Harris on October 8. The campaign said they wore masks and weren’t within six feet (two meters) of Harris for quite quarter-hour .
“I wasn’t in close contact — as defined by the CDC — with either during the two days before their positive tests,” tweeted Harris, a 55-year-old US senator.
“I’ve had 2 negative tests in the week & am not showing symptoms.”
Biden has reported multiple negative coronavirus tests since Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis on October 1, the newest dating from Wednesday night.
The campaign said that yet one more one that tested positive had traveled on Biden’s plane in the week but had been thus far away that the candidate was in no danger and doctors said “there is not any need” for him to quarantine.
While Trump boasts of being “immune” to the coronavirus and inaccurately calls experimental therapeutic drugs that got to him a “cure,” he also continues to be dogged by the pandemic’s fallout.
On Wednesday, his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, revealed that their son Barron, 14, had contracted the virus, but was now negative.