Biden swipes at Trump: 'Presidency is about a lot more than tweeting from your golf cart'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' MORE (D) took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE on Sunday as the president drew criticism for spending part of his Memorial Day weekend tweeting and golfing while the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus approaches 100,000.

Biden in a tweet said the presidency required more than "tweeting from your golf cart," a reference to Trump's decision to spend Memorial Day weekend at his private golf club in Virginia.

"The presidency is about a lot more than tweeting from your golf cart. It requires taking on the ultimate responsibility for the biggest decisions in the world. Donald Trump simply wasn’t prepared for that. I promise you I will be," he wrote.


Biden's shot at Trump comes as the president took aim at a slew of targets on Twitter on Sunday, including pushing baseless conspiracy theories against MSNBC host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughFox News wins ratings week, while MSNBC touts daytime figures Scarborough: Putin more likely to take tough question than Trump Michael Keaton urges Biden not to debate Trump again: 'You won. Walk away' MORE and attacking his former attorney general, Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAlabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 Next attorney general must embrace marijuana law reforms MORE.

"Jeff, you had your chance & you blew it. Recused yourself ON DAY ONE (you never told me of a problem), and ran for the hills. You had no courage, & ruined many lives,” he wrote in one tweet.


The president also accused Democrats and governors around the country of opening the U.S. election system up to voter fraud on Sunday through efforts to expand mail-in voting, a step many advocates have said is necessary to prevent voter disenfranchisement due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has prohibited large public gatherings.

Trump also retweeted a string of posts from a conservative former congressional candidate named John K. Stahl that attacked political rivals including former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years The Hill's 12:30 Report - Third vaccine candidate with 90% efficacy Biden won — so why did Trump's popularity hit its highest point ever? MORE, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSpending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.) and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. 

The Trump campaign in an emailed statement slammed Biden and contended that the president was far more prepared than the former vice president to handle the coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened more than 1.6 million Americans.

“Joe Biden, who probably didn’t write that tweet, isn’t even prepared to handle a simple webcast from his basement let alone manage a national crisis," said Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesperson.

"In contrast, the American people can see that President Trump has been leading the nation through the coronavirus crisis and they know it is now time to safely reopen the economy. His visible outing shows that it’s time for Americans to get back to more normal activity and get moving again as soon as it is possible," he added.

Trump himself also responded to the tweet later Sunday evening, referring to it as an "ad" and unleashing a wave of criticism aimed at Biden and former President Obama.

"Sleepy Joe’s representatives have just put out an ad saying that I went to play golf (exercise) today. They think I should stay in the White House at all times. What they didn’t say is that it’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months," Trump said.


The president criticized Obama during the latter's administration for playing golf during the Ebola outbreak, which killed two in the U.S., but had become known for spending weekends golfing at various Trump properties prior to the outbreak of coronavirus in the U.S.

Murtaugh also pointed to comments from Anthony FauciAnthony FauciBiden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' Jake Tapper jokes he's retained Giuliani to look into fraud in 'Sexiest Man' election 24 percent of New Yorkers unlikely to get COVID-19 vaccine: poll MORE, a member of the White Houes coronavirus task force, who recommended on Thursday that Americans spend Memorial Day weekend outdoors.

"Additionally, Dr. Fauci expressly said that Americans should get outdoors this weekend and specifically mentioned golf as a good activity. Biden should take that advice and get out of his basement," Murtaugh said.


Biden's criticism comes as the latest data from Johns Hopkins University shows the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus at 97,698. Trump did not address the death toll on Sunday but did claim in a tweet that coronavirus infections and deaths were decreasing.