Biden offers to call Trump to discuss national coronavirus response

 

Former Vice President Joe Biden is offering to call President TrumpDonald TrumpMedia giants side with Bannon on request to release Jan. 6 documents Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE and talk about how to best deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

The Democratic presidential front-runner has been critical of the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic through statements and virtual press conferences.

The potential correspondence was first reported by Fox News; a Biden campaign aide later confirmed the former vice president's willingness to talk with Trump to The Hill.

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"Vice President BidenJoe BidenBiden and Harris host 'family' Hanukkah celebration with more than 150 guests Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Overnight Defense & National Security — Senate looks to break defense bill stalemate MORE has been extending his advice for months, and he did so again on the air last night. As he has said repeatedly, Donald Trump is not accountable for coronavirus itself -- but he is accountable for the federal government's slow and chaotic response to this outbreak," Biden's deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, Trump spent months after the virus was discovered disregarding repeated warnings from his scientific and intelligence experts, and downplaying the threat of this outbreak to the American people. He could have heeded Vice President Biden's public advice not to take China's word as they misled the world about their efforts to stop the spread," she continued.

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayChristie says he was unable to reach Trump on Jan. 6 Watchdog cites 13 Trump officials who violated Hatch Act before 2020 election Ethics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act MORE criticized Biden earlier Wednesday for not calling Trump to offer assistance or support amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“I think it’s really disappointing to have President Obama’s number two, who apparently doesn’t talk much to him, out there criticizing instead of saying, hey, here’s what we did that we thought was effective,” Conway said on "Fox & Friends."

“Why doesn’t Vice President Biden call the White House today and offer some support? He’s in his bunker in Wilmington, and I have to tell you we’re not talking about politics here at the White House at all. We’re talking about ventilators and vaccines, not Biden and Bernie.”

Though presidential primary season has been stalled by virus, Biden appears to be in the driver's seat after decisive victories over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSymone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Briahna Joy Gray says Chris Cuomo will return to CNN following scandal Postal Service expansion into banking services misguided MORE on Super Tuesday and the following two slates of Democratic primaries. 

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The Hill reached out to the White House for comment.

Julia Manchester contributed.