RELAYED: Donald Trump Insists He Wasn’t Downplaying the Coronavirus, but ‘I’m Not About Bad News’
Sanders told View co-host Whoopi Goldberg last week that he was “assessing” the future of his campaign and that he intends to stay in the race for now.
Biden leads Sanders in the delegate count by a 1,215-909 margin. A candidate needs 1,991 total delegates to win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention, which was postponed until August 17 due to the virus.
Trump said last week he has no plans to postpone the November 3 election over concerns about Americans gathering at polls.
Biden’s call with Trump also comes as the president’s administration faces mounting criticism over its slow response to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.
A government report on Monday showed hospitals across the U.S. are facing “severe shortages” in everything from personal protective equipment to medical supplies like ventilators that help patients breathe to a rapidly decreasing amount of room within hospitals to house patients.
“Hospitals reported that changing and sometimes inconsistent guidance from federal, state and local authorities posed challenges and confused hospitals and the public,” the report read, adding, “Hospitals also reported concerns that public misinformation has increased hospital workloads at a critical time.”
Trump questioned the validity of the federal government report when asked about it Monday.
Trump says he and Biden “agreed we weren’t going to talk about what we said” on the phone, but maintained he and his political rival had a “very, very good talk.”
“It was a warm talk,” Trump said. “I enjoyed it. I hope he did too.”
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