Biden: Economy remains at risk until Trump 'faces what's going on in this country'

Biden: Economy remains at risk until Trump 'faces what's going on in this country'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE Thursday over his response to the coronavirus, saying that while millions of jobs returned last month, the economy will remain in dire straits until he beats back the pandemic. 

Speaking via livestream from his home in Delaware, Biden noted that roughly 50,000 new coronavirus cases were tallied Wednesday, a new high in the pandemic that Trump did not address.

“Until this president faces what’s going on in this country, the economy will remain at risk,” said Biden. “Today’s report is positive news, and I’m thankful for it. But make no mistake: we’re still in a deep, deep job hole because Donald Trump has so badly bungled the response to the coronavirus.” 

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The broadside against Trump came in response to a new report from the Labor Department showed that the economy added 4.8 million jobs in June and the unemployment rate ticked down to 11.1 percent last month. 

Trump’s campaign seized on the news, touting that the president is “leading the Great American Comeback!”

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But Biden noted that the Labor Department’s report only measured unemployment until June 12 and that coronavirus spikes have surged in states since then.

“In the days since, we’ve seen cases spiking, some businesses have to close down again, some states reimposing restrictions,” he said. “And, in the last two weeks, we’ve seen almost 3 million new unemployment filings, and another 1.7 million people seek special pandemic unemployment insurance.”

“There’s no victory to be celebrated when we’re still down nearly 15 million jobs and the pandemic is getting worse, not better," he said.

The president has defended his response to the coronavirus, maintaining that the pandemic will “disappear."

“We’re headed back in a very strong fashion with a ‘V,’” Trump said in an interview on Fox Business Wednesday, referring to a V-shaped recovery. “And I think we’re going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that’s going to sort of just disappear, I hope.” 

Trump has been widely panned for his handling of the coronavirus, with critics saying he was too eager for states to reopen their economies and polls showing his approval rating slipping.

Biden tore into the president for his “bungled” response, noting that he’s returned to the campaign trail with rallies in states that have seen a rise in coronavirus cases and thus far has declined to wear a face mask in public.

“Donald Trump’s just given up. He’s not even trying to secure our public health anymore. He’d rather get back to his campaign rallies. He’s decided he has more to gain by dividing this country,” he said.

“Quit hoping for the best, Mr. President. Quit claiming victory with nearly 15 million Americans still out of work because of the crisis. Quit ignoring the reality of this pandemic and the horrifying loss of American life. Act. Lead. Lead, or get out of the way so others can, Mr. President.”