Parler Share
News

Trump Offers Biden Coronavirus Tests: 'I'd Love to See Him Get Out of the Basement'

Parler Share

President Donald Trump needled his Democratic rival Joe Biden on Friday for limiting his campaign appearances to virtual events from the basement of his home in Delaware.

“I’d love to see him get out of the basement so he can speak,” Trump said in a telephone interview with Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”

The president made his first trip out of Washington in more than a month this week.

Trump, who relies on a federal supply of coronavirus tests to maintain a traditional schedule, said he’d be willing to provide Biden with that test as well if that helped resume normal campaign activities.

He offered to supply Biden with a rapid COVID-19 testing system. If Biden’s team asked for the tests, the president said, “We would have it to them today.”

Trending:
Star of 'Historic' Gay Movie Gets Backlash After Blaming 'Straight People' for Opening Weekend Box Office Flop

There was no immediate response to Trump’s offer from the Biden campaign.

Trump is eager to resume normal campaigning, which has come to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Do you think President Trump is a better campaigner than Joe Biden?

His rallies are a hallmark of his campaign and help energize his base and provide his team with crucial data that will be used to turn out supporters in the fall.

Biden, meanwhile, is thought to connect more effectively with people in smaller settings and has struggled with large rallies and even virtual events.

The presumptive Democratic nominee’s online rally Thursday was skewered as a technical disaster.

Related:
Bombshell: Feds Paid Companies to Silence Trump, His Family, and Supporters on Social Media Around 2020 Election

Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and anyone they come into close contact with are now being tested daily for COVID-19 after one of the president’s valets tested positive for the virus this week.

The availability of the tests has allowed Trump and Pence to resume a travel schedule and to host business leaders, medical professionals and lawmakers for meetings.

The stockpile of the rapid testing machines, which provide individual results in 5 to 15 minutes, is largely controlled by the federal government.

The president on Tuesday personally delivered boxes of test kits to the Navajo Nation, flying them on Air Force One on his trip to Phoenix.

Responding to concerns raised last week by Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of the U. S. Congress, that his office did not have the capacity to test all lawmakers returning to Washington, Trump directed that Congress be provided with three of the testing machines.

But in a rare joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Mitch McConnell rejected Trump’s offer, directing the test kits to first responders and others on the front lines of fighting the spread of the virus.

The Western Journal has reviewed this Associated Press story and may have altered it prior to publication to ensure that it meets our editorial standards.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →



We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
, , , , ,
Parler Share
The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands. Photo credit: @AP on Twitter
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
Location
New York City




Conversation