President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden fought the coronavirus crisis in the presidential debate on Tuesday night by accusing each other of killing more people if the other had been in office.
"He panicked or just looked at the stock market, one of the two, because guess what, a lot of people died and a lot more will die, unless he gets a lot smarter, a lot faster," Biden said on stage.
At another point, Trump shouted that it was Biden who killed more – calling his response to the 2009 swine flu pandemic a "disaster".
President Donald Trump (left) and Democrat Joe Biden (right) argued in Tuesday night's debate over the coronavirus crisis, suggesting the other might have killed more Americans
Trump pulled out a mask and tried to squeeze that he wasn't mask averse, despite making fun of Biden for wearing his mask
Biden, who was serving as vice president at the time, hit back that 14,000 died, not 200,000. “We didn't close the economy. This is his economy he closed, ”added Biden.
“If we had listened to you, the land would have been left wide open, millions of people would have died. Not 200,000. And one person is too much. It's China's fault. That should never have happened, ”said the President.
Biden hit Trump for pampering China during the first few weeks of the pandemic, saying the president didn't apply enough pressure to enroll American health professionals.
& # 39; He didn't even ask Xi to do it. He told us what a great job Xi did. He told us we owe him a thank you for being so transparent with us, ”said Biden.
Biden accused Trump of still having no plan.
"You should get out of your bunker and get out of the sand trap of your golf course and go into the Oval Office and get the Democrats, Republicans together and fund what needs to be done now to save lives," Biden continued.
The ex-veep mocked Trump for saying the coronavirus would go "like a miracle".
"And maybe you can squirt some bleach into your arm and that would take care of it," Biden offered.
"That was said sarcastically," said Trump.
Trump defended his coronavirus response, telling the audience, "We are weeks away from a vaccine." He also said of Biden's leadership on COVID: "You don't have it in your blood."
Chris Wallace of & # 39; Fox News Channel & # 39; Trump pointed out that both CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield as well as the head of Operation of Warp Speed disputed the President's timeline.
"Well, I've talked to the companies and we can have it a lot sooner – it's a very political thing," Trump said.
Biden said of Trump and a vaccine, "I don't trust him at all and neither do I," he said, looking at the television camera. "What we trust are the scientists."
The conversation then turned to wearing masks and campaigning.
The president said he didn't mind wearing a mask – although he rarely wore one and mocked Biden for wearing his – and even suggested that some experts didn't think they helped spread COVID too prevent.
"No serious person said otherwise," Biden put in.
& # 39; DR. Fauci said the opposite, ”said Trump.
"He didn't say the opposite," Biden replied.
Trump also said he held large rallies "because people want to hear what I want to say," while Biden kept campaign events small due to the pandemic and medical experts recommending social distancing.
"Because no one will show up," chuckled Trump.
"So far we have had no problem at all," the president also claimed. "If you could reach the crowd, you would do the same," added Trump, firing at Biden again.
Before, when Biden said Trump was not smart, the president replied, "Never use the word smart on me."
Trump pointed out how Biden attended the University of Delaware and "graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in your class".
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