President Donald Trump claimed Democrat nominee Joe Biden had waved a “white flag on life” after the Biden campaigned released a statement criticizing the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Joe Biden says you’ve waved the white flag on fighting the coronavirus,” a reporter asked Trump on Monday shortly before he took the stage for a campaign rally in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
“No, no, he has. He’s waved the white flag on life. He doesn’t leave his basement,” the president responded. (RELATED: Joe Biden Appears To Reference ‘George’ W. Bush When Talking About Trump)
“He is a pathetic candidate, I will tell you that,” Trump added. (RELATED: New York Post, Washington Examiner Endorse Trump For Reelection)
“White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows stunningly admitted this morning that the administration has given up on even trying to control this pandemic, that they’ve given up on their basic duty to protect the American people,” Biden’s statement reads.
“This wasn’t a slip by Meadows, it was a candid acknowledgment of what President Trump’s strategy has clearly been from the beginning of this crisis: to wave the white flag of defeat and hope that by ignoring it, the virus would simply go away. It hasn’t, and it won’t.”
Since the beginning of the outbreak earlier this year, 220,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, according to the Washington Post. Over 8.6 million cases have been confirmed.