US President Donald Trump defended his handling of coronavirus pandemic on Thursday in the Miami town hall with NBC while his election challenger Joe Biden appearing in a simultaneous television town hall on ABC accused him of having done “nothing.”
“We’re rounding the corner,” Trump said as usual, even as the United States see sharply rising caseloads.
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However, pressed by the moderator Savannah Guthrie, he became quickly frustrated and deflected her questions with vague answers.
When asked if he took a COVID-19 test before the first presidential debate, the president said, “I don’t remember when I took the test…I get tested a lot. I tested positive after the debate.” He also said that he “possibly” took a test the day of the first presidential debate.
By contrast, Biden’s appearance on the rival ABC news network was low key, emphasizing direct conversations with audience members in the town hall format held in Philadelphia.
The Democrat, who is holding a steady lead in the polls ahead of the November 3 election, aimed fire immediately on Trump’s coronavirus record, accusing him of having failed the country.
“We’re in a situation where we have 210,000 plus people dead and what’s he doing? Nothing. He’s still not wearing masks,” Biden said.
Both the candidates were scheduled to meet on Thursday for what would have been their second of three presidential debates.
The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 217,000 Americans, continued to disrupt the already tense presidential election.