Biden says his campaign is setting up call with Trump

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE said Thursday that his aides are working to set up a call between him and President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE to discuss the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Biden offered earlier this week to speak with Trump about the government’s strategy to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The president told reporters on Wednesday that he would “absolutely take his call.”

“I’m happy to hear he’ll take my call,” Biden said in a virtual briefing with reporters Thursday. “My team is working with him to set such a call up.”

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Biden and Trump’s willingness to speak on the phone with one another comes even as they have continued to spar in recent weeks. 

Biden has repeatedly criticized Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, blaming the president for being slow to take decisive action to slow the spread of the virus. He has sought to present himself as a more stable alternative to Trump through digital briefings, television interviews and other media appearances. 

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Biden resurfaced much of his criticism of Trump’s coronavirus response. But he insisted that personal politics should be put aside. 

“Being president is about taking responsibility,” Biden said. “The blame game can’t cut it in this crisis. Too many lives are at stake.”