Trump on Biden Phone Call: 'It Was Really Good, Really Nice'

Trump on Biden Phone Call: 'It Was Really Good, Really Nice'

The president - in announcing that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended Americans wear facial coverings made of cloth while out in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic - repeatedly called the recommendation "voluntary" and said he wouldn't be wearing a mask himself. "So it was - the President - I had an opportunity to tell him what I would have done, what I thought, the lessons we learned".

But he also said the pair had agreed not to discuss the specifics of their Monday phone call.

Following several days of Twitter taunts about the planned call, Trump and his likely Democratic rival in 2020 presidential race finally spoke for about 15 minutes, and the president said that he "appreciated" Biden's call.

Hitting back on Twitter, Biden told Trump that whether the Democratic convention is safe to stage or not will "depend on you stepping up and doing what needs to be done to handle this pandemic". "I appreciate his calling". "But the conversation was a friendly, very friendly conversation".

"I have laid out how you can do that ..."

The former vice president added that Trump was "very gracious" in his conversation and suggested they had agreed not to discuss specifics of the call. "It was really good".

Biden had previously said that he wanted to speak with Trump in the hope that the president could "learn some lessons" from the Obama administration on how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. "He should create a Bank Defense Production Act because the big banks don't want to lend to small businesses".

The ex-vice president also called on the administration to collect more data nationwide on African Americans contracting COVID-19 and dying at higher rates than other groups. "It was a very nice conversation".

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment and will update this article with any response.

Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager, said in a statement that the two had a "good call" where Biden gave Trump some advice and "expressed his appreciation for the spirit of the American people in meeting the challenges facing the nation". "He gave me his point of view and I fully understood that".

While the results point toward Trump being the underdog in Florida, director of the Public Opinion Research Lab Michael Binder said the poll results should be looked at with caution. "I indicated that it is about taking responsibility, and being the commander in chief, taking on the responsibility", Biden told "Prime Time" host Chris Cuomo.



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