Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBiden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict Senate Democrats to Garland: 'It's time to end the federal death penalty' Hillicon Valley: Cryptocurrency amendment blocked in Senate | Dems press Facebook over suspension of researchers' accounts | Thousands push back against Apple plan to scan US iPhones for child sexual abuse images MORE (D-Del.), an ally of Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit MORE, hit back at President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE on Sunday after the president criticized Coons on Twitter while misspelling his name.
“Mr. President, only my closest friends call me Chrisie,” Coons tweeted in response to Trump’s tweet.
Mr. President, only my closest friends call me Chrisie. https://t.co/nGV3vfvo58— Chris Coons (@ChrisCoonsforDE) August 23, 2020
Coons also tweeted from a separate account, "Wow... my first Trump slander... makes a boy feel all grown up... even if I am a puppet not a real boy."
Wow... my first Trump slander... makes a boy feel all grown up... even if I am a puppet not a real boy. https://t.co/xApTK0qJ3e— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) August 23, 2020
The senator's remark came in response to a tweet from Trump earlier in the day in which the president wrote that “Senator Chrisie Coons” is a “weak and pathetic Schumer puppet.”
Coons, a close friend of Biden's who replaced him in the Senate when Biden became vice president, gave a speech on behalf of Biden during last week's Democratic National Convention.
The president also hit “Fox News Sunday” host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' NIH director expects booster shots to be expanded, despite recommendation MORE, a frequent target of the president, for not questioning Coons during his interview Sunday about “why Biden fought” him on his decision to ban travel from China at the end of January.
“Chris Wallace ‘forgot’ to ask a very weak and pathetic Schumer puppet, Senator Chrisie Coons, why Biden fought me when I put an extremely early BAN on people coming into our Country from heavily infected China. Biden later admitted I was right! But why no question?” Trump tweeted.
Trump has repeatedly praised his decision to ban travel from China, where the first outbreak of the coronavirus was reported, as critics have attacked his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The president’s order did not entirely limit travelers from China, though. Nearly 40,000 people arrived in the U.S. on direct flights from China in the two months after Trump announced the restrictions, The New York Times reported in April.
Biden’s campaign manager, months after Trump announced restrictions on travel from China, told CNN that Biden supports travel bans “that are guided by medical experts, advocated by public health officials, and backed by a full strategy.”
“Science supported this ban, therefore he did too,” she added.
The Biden campaign, however, has denied writing Trump “a letter of apology” regarding his comments on the travel ban as Trump has claimed on at least two occasions. Trump also accused Biden of calling the ban “xenophobic,” but Biden never explicitly called Trump’s ban on travel from China “xenophobic.”