Former Vice President Joe Biden said President Donald Trump was "responsible" for his COVID-19 infection and broke the "macho" attitude of avoiding wearing masks.
Biden spoke Monday night just minutes after Trump left Walter Reed's medical facility to re-enter the White House. He took off his own mask to be photographed and went back into the White House to edit a video.
"Anyone who gets infected with the virus by essentially saying," Masks don't matter, social distancing doesn't matter. "I think he's responsible for what happens to you," said Biden.
At an NBC town hall in Florida, Biden campaigned again for the wearing of masks and beat up those who refused to do so.
"What kind of macho thing is that? I won't wear a mask." What's going on here? Big deal does it hurt you Be patriotic for God's sake! Take care of yourself, but take care of your neighbors, ”Biden said.
Former Vice President Joe Biden busted macho's refusal to wear masks just minutes after President Trump staged a photo op and returned from the hospital to the White House, then removed his own mask.
He was asked about a poll that found that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the president bears some responsibility for contracting the coronavirus.
Biden said he was not concerned about contracting coronavirus from Trump, who debated him on the same stage in Cleveland on Tuesday when the president may already be infected with COVID-19.
He told NBC's Lester Holt he wasn't worried about his own safety. "I've been demanding about social distancing."
But he confronted the president's family. Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Lara Trump all took off their masks in the debate hall.
"It was a little unsettling to look out and see that nobody in his entire area was wearing masks," he said.
"You could see people walking in and a lot of people weren't wearing masks," Biden said – but didn't identify Trump's family members by name.
Biden spoke after President Trump's dramatic return so the White House was still infected with COVID-19
The president left Walter Reed Hospital and flew to the White House after spending three nights away for treatment for the coronavirus
Trump family members (LR) Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr. in the audience just before US President Donald J. Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden take part in the first 2020 presidential election debate at the Samson Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio. Biden said he could see them without their masks during the debate stage
It was revealed on Wednesday that members of the Cleveland Clinic they sponsored were offering masks to members of the Trump family within the venue but declined.
When Trump revealed early Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19, he may have been exposed during the debate.
When asked about the dramatic arrival of Trump, Biden said: & # 39;I would hope that after going through what he went through, and I'm glad he's doing pretty well, the president would teach the American people the right lesson, ”said the former vice president.
& # 39; Masks are important. These masks are important. It is important. It saves lives. It prevents the disease from spreading. & # 39;
Biden was in Miami just days before his planned debate on Trump on October 15 for the second presidential debate on the stage for the City Hall format – which will be of a similar format.
It was arranged in an outdoor location with occasional traffic noise and the candidate could not always hear his masked questioners.
He told one voter that he couldn't stand it if Trump went after him again. She said she was concerned the president had bullied him.
Monday's event took place outdoors with undecided voters. Biden sat in a chair a few meters from host Lester Holt.
He called last week's debate "embarrassing for the nation".
He said when asked if he had inquired about calling Trump about his diagnosis.
"The decision was that this was likely to be intrusive," he said. "But I'm really glad that I'm really excited about it when it looks like this – when things really turn out the way he said it was, and especially the first lady."
Biden said he himself "would teach the American people the right lesson" and insisted that "masks are important".
When asked about Trump's photo op return from the hospital, Biden said, "I hope no one goes away with the news thinking it's not a problem." It's a serious problem. It's an international pandemic and we have 4 percent of the population and 20 percent of the deaths. "
But he declined to see Trump's medical team to withhold information.
He said, "moment by moment, I am not sure if this is an absolute requirement" in order to divulge any information about the president's health. He said it had national security implications.
"You can't mislead certain things," Biden said.
After blowing up Trump over various issues during the pandemic, Biden said, "I'm not critical of the fact that not every single detail has been made public."
It did so despite a pile of media for White House Doctor Sean Conley who refused to reveal critical information about the president's condition, including the condition of his lungs and exact oxygen levels, while battling the coronavirus.
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