Trump calls mask wearing ‘politically correct,’ Biden calls him a ‘fool’

Donald Trump lashes out at 'politically correct' reporter for wearing mask

But the White House said, "President Trump's prayers for comfort and strength are with all of those grieving the loss of a loved one or friend as a result of this unprecedented plague, and his message to this great nation remains one of resilience, hope and optimism".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a cloth face covering should be worn when people are in public, "especially in situations where you may be near people".

Throughout the three-month crisis Trump has been bare-faced in public, and on Monday the president attended two ceremonies uncovered, even as aides, military personnel and guests wore masks or face shields.

The former vice president expressed dissatisfaction that "some" had mocked him for wearing a mask, saying that "presidents are supposed to lead, not engage in folly and be falsely masculine". Most health experts around the world have recommended for people to wear protective face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In a jab at Trump, Biden cited a recent Columbia University study that said if the federal government had imposed social distancing and lockdown measures just a week earlier, 36,000 lives would have been saved.

Biden has mostly stayed out of public view, apart from the occasional TV hits from his house with its backdrop of white bookshelves.

If Donald Trump and his team heard the North Dakotan's plea, they made a decision to ignore it.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump mocked a White House correspondent for wearing a mask to a press briefing.

"Joe Biden can wear a mask, but he was standing outside with his wife, flawless conditions, ideal weather".

"I think that I need somebody who, in fact, is simpatico with me, both in terms of personality as well as substance", Biden said at a virtual fundraiser Wednesday, adding that the right candidate would need to employ the "same basic approach" toward approaching the issues.

Former vice president Joe Biden said Wednesday that he may announce his running mate in the presidential election by the end of July.

Biden's response? "He's a fool, an absolute fool, to talk that way", Biden told CNN. "There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow", Biden said.

"He seems to get more erratic, the more he feels like he's behind the curve", Biden said.

He said he noted to a friend who is a prominent African American recently that Trump - who has fueled baseless "Obamagate" conspiracy theories on Twitter in recent weeks - was attacking former President Barack Obama. "Barack is a black man, '" Biden said.



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