Trump hits Biden for suggesting virus may force Democrats to hold virtual convention

Trump hits Biden for suggesting virus may force Democrats to hold virtual convention
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE on Monday mocked Joe BidenJoe BidenOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump| Esper orders hundreds of active-duty troops outside DC sent home day after reversal | Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White Davis: 72 hours cementing the real choice for November OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan MORE for suggesting the Democratic National Convention may have to be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, implying it was because the former vice president did not want to have to appear in person.

"Joe Biden wanted the date for the Democrat National Convention moved to a later time period. Now he wants a 'Virtual' Convention, one where he doesn’t have to show up. Gee, I wonder why?" Trump tweeted. "Also, what ever happened to that phone call he told the Fake News he wanted to make to me?"

Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said Sunday that the party should be preparing for the possibility of holding a virtual convention to avoid thousands of people descending on one place. The convention was delayed from mid-July to mid-August because of the coronavirus, officials announced last week.

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Trump, by contrast, has been adamant about moving forward with an in-person Republican convention near the end of August. The president told Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityCable news audience numbers jump amid coronavirus, protests Hannity scolds Ozarks partygoers: 'Could be a disaster' for vulnerable Americans Trump lashes out at Fox News after poll shows him trailing Biden MORE last month that there was "no way" he would cancel the convention in Charlotte, N.C., and he told reporters on Saturday that there is no contingency plan.

"We're having the convention at the end of August, and we think by the end of August, we'll be in good shape," he said.

Biden has been sharply critical of Trump's handling of the coronavirus, arguing the president failed to properly prepare the country for the pandemic and has been to slow to invoke the Defense Production Act to manufacture needed materials for health care workers.

The Biden campaign said last week that the former vice president offered to call Trump and talk about how best to combat the pandemic, which has killed thousands of Americans.

Trump said he would "absolutely" be willing to talk to Biden.

Neither the White House nor the Biden campaign responded to a request for comment on Monday about whether the two sides had made any progress.