Trump Blames Biden, Who Isn't President, For Not Instituting Mask Mandate

Written by on September 16, 2020

President Donald Trump moved guilty his Democratic competitor, former Vice President Joe Biden, for not instituting a nationwide masks mandate in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

The declare, made at an ABC Information city corridor Tuesday with undecided voters in Pennsylvania, is deceptive for 2 causes: Biden has, actually, urged all state governors to mandate mask-wearing to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19. The Democratic candidate can also be not the president and has no authority to mandate something. Trump does.

Julie Bart requested the president why he hadn’t instituted a nationwide masks mandate in the course of the top of the pandemic and why he had largely refused to put on facial coverings even because the nation’s prime medical officers urged the general public to take action.

“Nicely, I do put on them when I’ve to and once I’m in hospitals and different areas,” Trump stated. “However I’ll say this. They stated on the Democrat conference they’re going to do a nationwide mandate. They by no means did it, as a result of they’ve checked out they usually didn’t do it. And a great query is, you ask why Joe Biden ― they stated we’re going to do a nationwide mandate on masks.”

Biden addressed the declare simply moments after it aired:

The president went on to say “lots of people assume the masks usually are not good” and stated well being officers, together with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s prime infectious illness professional, have been hesitant to push masks in the course of the early days of the pandemic. That declare is deceptive as medical officers have since discovered way more about COVID-19 and the unfold of an infection, and because the scarcity of medical-grade masks for well being professionals has dissipated. Fauci has since urged for “common sporting of masks.”

Trump maintained at Tuesday’s city corridor that his administration had succeeded in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, saying he didn’t assume he may have finished extra to stop the virus that has killed practically 200,000 folks and contaminated greater than 6.6 million within the U.S.

“Might you’ve got finished extra to cease it?” ABC Information host George Stephanopoulos requested.

“I don’t assume so,” Trump replied. “I believe what I did by closing up the nation, I believe I saved two, possibly two and a half, possibly greater than that lives. I actually don’t assume so. I believe we did an excellent job.”

Addressing claims made to journalist Bob Woodward earlier this yr that he had actively downplayed the specter of the coronavirus regardless of figuring out how harmful it was, Trump stated he didn’t do this and, actually, had forged the virus as extra severe.

“I didn’t downplay it,” Trump stated in the course of the city corridor. “I truly, in some ways, I up-played it, when it comes to motion. My motion was very sturdy.”

Regardless of these assertions, the president stood by false claims that COVID-19 would merely go away.

“It’ll disappear. It’s going to vanish, I nonetheless say it,” Trump stated. “We’re not going to have studios like this, the place you’ve got all of this empty area in between. I need to see folks, and also you need to see folks. I need to see soccer video games. I’m pushing very onerous for Huge Ten, I need to see Huge Ten open ― let the soccer video games ― allow them to play sports activities.

“However, no. It’s going to vanish, George.”

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