Former Vice President Joe Biden played another round of ‘Make-Believe President’ Monday in a video that accused ACTUAL President Donald Trump of faltering in the early days of the coronavirus, saying that a “failure of planning and preparation” by the White House has worsened the health and economic crises the nation faces.
“For too long, the warning signs were ignored,” Biden said. “For too long, the administration said the threats were under control, contained, or like the flu. The president said no one saw this coming. That’s just not accurate. Our intelligence officials were warning about the coronavirus threat in January. Just based on public information I had, I warned the threat was getting worse way back on January 27.”
“My point is not simply that the president was wrong,” Biden continued. “My point is that the mindset that was slow to recognize the problem in the first place, to treat it with a seriousness it deserved, is still too much a part of how the president is addressing the problem.”
The president initially said that the spread was “under control” in the U.S. and that the warmer spring weather might help to curb the spread before launching a task force headed by Vice President Pence on Feb. 26 to lead the government’s response.
A shortage of test kits has been cited as an early failure in the government response, and Biden pointed to South Korea, where testing has been free and the country appears to be on the right trajectory despite identifying its first case on the same day the U.S. did.
“We had none of that, so we’re left with only the extreme social distancing measure in place,” Biden said. “That’s a failure of planning and preparation by the White House.”
WIBC host Tony Katz offered comments on today’s edition of “Tony Katz Today.”