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Biden says his campaign is setting up call with Trump

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE said Thursday that his aides are working to set up a call between him and President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation 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.”