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Biden ad mocks Trump claim of ‘too much winning’ as coronavirus cases surge toward second peak – The Independent

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Likely Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has released an ad mocking President Donald Trump‘s promise to Americans that they would get “tired of winning”.

The ad, which began circulating on social media on Thursday, shows a clip of Mr Trump making the boast to supporters at a campaign rally.

As he speaks, an animated graph is superimposed showing a line graph forming to illustrate the number of coronavirus cases in several countries. Each of the lines is identified by a flag icon.

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While other nations – Italy, UK, Canada, France and South Korea – successfully manage to bend the curve on coronavirus cases, the line representing the US shoots up towards a second peak.

Mr Biden’s Twitter account shared the 2020 US election ad along with a quote from Mr Trump’s speech: “Mr President, it’s too much.”

It’s been a record-setting week for new coronavirus cases in the US.

On Wednesday, 50,655 new coronavirus cases were reported, marking the largest number of new infections recorded in a single day in the US.

The surge comes just a month after many US states began re-opening their economies following a nearly three month shut-down due to the pandemic.

The rise in infections has been most prevalent in the West and South, especially in Florida, Texas and Arizona.


On Tuesday, Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addressed Congress along with several other national health leaders to discuss the recent resurgence.

“We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around and so I am very concerned,” Dr Fauci said.

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He warned that if people continue to congregate in large groups and refuse to wear masks, the pandemic will continue to worsen.

“We’re going to continue to be in a lot of trouble, and there’s going to be a lot of hurt if that does not stop,” he said.

As the number of cases continue to climb and health officials warn Congress of dire consequences if the country stays its current course, Mr Trump has continued to suggest that the coronavirus will eventually just disappear.

On Wednesday, he appeared on Fox Business and was asked if he believes the virus will still disappear. “I do. I do. Yeah sure. At some point. And I think we’re going to have a vaccine very soon too.”

Despite maintaining his insistence that the pandemic will eventually just disappear, Mr Trump has somewhat changed his public stance on wearing masks.

During the same interview, he was asked if he would wear a mask, and said he would.

“Oh I would. I have. I mean people have seen me wearing one. If I’m in a group of people where we’re not 10 feet away – but usually I’m not in that position and everyone’s tested,” Mr Trump said.

The president said he didn’t think making mask wearing mandatory was necessary at the national level but did say he was “all for masks” and now thinks that they’re good.

Up until recently, Mr Trump has been characteristically obstinate about wearing masks, at times claiming people wore them to show this displeasure with him and – during a trip to a Michigan Ford Motors plant – refused to wear one to spite the press.

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Trump mocks Biden for wearing a face mask in public – CBS News

Trump mocks Biden for wearing a face mask

President Trump on Monday shared a tweet that appeared to make fun of Joe Biden for wearing a mask in public — a step recommended by the CDC to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus that the president has not followed.

Mr. Trump retweeted a post from Fox News political analyst Brit Hume showing a picture of Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, wearing sunglasses and a black mask that covered much of his face at a Memorial Day ceremony. “This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public,” Hume wrote.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020

Biden wore the mask as he and his wife Jill laid a wreath at the Delaware Memorial Bridge in Wilmington. He kept it on as he told reporters his message to the country on Memorial Day: “Never forget the sacrifices that these men and women made. Never, ever, forget.”

.@JoeBiden: “Never forget the sacrifices that these men and women made. Never, ever, ever forget.” pic.twitter.com/Qavs5EVCfx

— Andrew Bates (@AndrewBatesNC) May 25, 2020

It was Biden’s first public appearance in two months, as he has been campaigning virtually from his home in Wilmington during the pandemic. Biden’s wife and members of his staff were also seen wearing masks.

Mr. Trump, meanwhile, has not worn a mask during White House events and public appearances, including his own Memorial Day wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery.

He put one on during part of his trip last week to a Ford plan in Michigan, which requires all visitors to wear personal protective equipment, but he didn’t wear it during a roundtable discussion and his appearances before the media. The president said he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”

Nonetheless, a photo of Mr. Trump in a mask emerged from the visit.

Photo surfaces of Trump wearing mask at Ford plant https://t.co/MT8QoT7n37 pic.twitter.com/QjKIGnUc2L

— The Hill (@thehill) May 22, 2020

Mr. Trump’s refusal contradicts the CDC’s recommendation that all Americans wear masks in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Many governors nationwide have suggested or mandated that all citizens wear masks in public when they cannot social distance. Even in the White House, West Wing staffers were directed to wear masks when they aren’t at their desks. 

Biden’s campaign hit back at Mr. Trump for his taunt.

“Presidents lead by example, and wearing a mask helps protect others,” Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo said in a statement to the Washington Post. “Donald Trump should try it, because his failure to act early on producing [personal protective equipment], on ramping up testing, and implementing a coherent national response to this crisis has cost thousands of Americans their lives.”

In a Rose Garden press conference on Tuesday, Mr. Trump claimed that he wasn’t mocking Biden but said he found something about it “unusual.”

“Biden can wear a mask,” the president said. “But he was standing outside with his wife, perfect conditions, perfect weather. They’re inside, they don’t wear masks. And I thought it was very unusual he had one on.”

“But I thought that was fine,” he added. “I wasn’t criticizing him at all, why would I do a thing like that?”

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Cuomo mocks Trump in Friday diatribe – POLITICO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo provides a coronavirus update during a press conference on April 17 | Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo embarked on a 20-minute stemwinder during his press briefing Friday, hitting back on a series of presidential tweets accusing him of overreacting to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuomo, who has for weeks said he doesn’t want to fight President Donald Trump, couldn’t resist lobbing a few verbal grenades after Trump tweeted during Cuomo’s Friday appearance that the governor “should spend more time ‘doing’ and less time ‘complaining.’”

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Trump said that federal help to build hospital bed capacity and provide additional ventilators has proven unnecessary and that Cuomo has not been appreciative of his help.

Cuomo, who has styled himself as a governor of “action,” responded that if Trump is watching his televised press event “maybe he should get up and go to work, right?”

Cuomo said the federal help he requested has been based on White House projections for the state’s medical needs and suggested Trump hasn’t read any of the reports his administration has issued through the Centers for Disease Control and the White House coronavirus task force.

“If you want to point fingers — we built more beds than we needed — our only mistake was believing your numbers, believing your projections,” Cuomo said, suggesting Trump use his reality TV catchphrase “You’re fired” to can CDC and coronavirus task force officials for botching their own projections.

“Whose projections were wrong? Head of the CDC, Peter Navarro and head of the White House coronavirus task force. Fire them all. That’s what I say. Fire them,” Cuomo said. “You know that show the president did?”

Cuomo insisted he’s been complimentary of the president’s quick responses to outfit the Javits Center and USNS Comfort with medical capacity, even though the two facilities have taken in fewer than expected patients due to both logistical issues and fewer hospitalizations than predicted. In late March, Cuomo said the state might need more than 100,000 hospital beds during the peak number of infections. That surge never came, and on Monday, there were 17,316 New Yorkers currently hospitalized

“I don’t know, what am I supposed to send a bouquet of flowers?” Cuomo said.

Trump did a “very graceful 180” when he went from saying he had total authority to reopen the nation’s economy to instead saying states would form their own plans, Cuomo said mockingly.

“By the way, it was always up to the states, what are you going to grant me what the Constitution gave me before you were born?” he said. “I don’t need the president of the United States to tell me that I’m governor and I don’t need the president of the United States to tell me the powers of a state. “

Trump’s really “doing nothing” in his acknowledgment of states’ power, Cuomo continued.

“All he’s doing is walking in front of the parade, but he has nothing to do with the timing of the parade,” he said. “Governors are going to open when they need to open. “

Cuomo went on, and several times returned from questions on other topics, to criticize a lack of federal funding that he predicts will become more urgent as states will need to ramp up testing in their individual quests to decide how and when to open their economies.

Cuomo did not give a specific number for how much he’d like for New York, but pointed to a request last week to Congress from the National Governors Association, of which he is vice chair, for $500 billion to stabilize states’ economic losses that would be distributed by need.

New York has received millions of dollars from the federal stimulus packages, but Cuomo has complained those funds can only be used to fight the virus rather than plug deepening revenue holes. Cuomo’s administration has predicted as much as $15 billion in lost revenue for the state.

His remarks follow a report from the state’s comptroller Tom DiNapoli this week warning he doesn’t know how New York will scrape by without federal assistance. Budget director Robert Mujica confirmed during Friday’s briefing that “there will be reductions” in significant state spending areas without additional federal aid.

When asked about the notable tone shift after weeks of saying there’s no time to play politics, Cuomo said he’s trying to get a message to the president.

“This is an important moment. [Trump] doesn’t want to provide funding to the states and he doesn’t want to help with testing,” Cuomo said. “I don’t care about his politics, but if we don’t have federal help on testing, that’s a real problem.”

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