President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden had a “wonderful and warm” conversation about the country’s response to the coronavirus on Monday afternoon, the president said in a press briefing.
“We had a really wonderful and warm conversation,” said Trump during the coronavirus task force briefing on Monday. “It was a very pleasant conversation. “
After several days of provocations on Twitter over the planned call, Trump and his likely Democratic rival in the 2020 presidential race finally spoke for about 15 minutes, and the president said he “appreciated” l call from Biden.
“He gave me his point of view, and I understood him,” said Trump. “And we just had a very friendly conversation. “
Biden’s campaign released a brief statement on Monday providing an equally cordial tale.
“Vice President Biden and President Trump made a good call,” campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield wrote. meet the challenges facing the nation. “
When asked for details, Trump declined to provide details about their discussion, saying he and Biden had agreed not to discuss the content of the call.
“He had suggestions,” said Trump. “It doesn’t mean that I agree with those suggestions, but he certainly had suggestions, and I also told him some of the things we do. But the conversation was a friendly conversation, very friendly. “
The call follows the former vice president’s campaign to reach out to state and local officials to help them respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to an email to “State and Local Officials” obtained by ABC News, the campaign seeks to “connect those who offer help to those who need it.”
“The Biden campaign for the president has received a large number of offers from people or organizations wishing to support your efforts to respond to the COVID19 pandemic by making a donation, volunteering or otherwise contributing to their resources or capabilities, “wrote Stacy Eichner, political chief of Biden Campaign Staff, on Sunday.
“In this time of national emergency, we are eager to connect those who offer help to those who need it – we would like to provide these people and organizations with a way to reach your offices directly,” he said. she continued. “Please let us know if you would like to identify a representative from your office for this contact list.”
The Biden campaign said the email was sent to the staff of the governors of the 50 states and Puerto Rico, but would not provide details on the types of organizations offering help. The campaign also declined to comment on whether the anonymous organizations were already coordinating with the federal government or whether the campaign had communicated their offer with the White House.
“It is an effort to run our support base which wants to help those in need to put them directly in touch with the people who can use this help,” a Biden assistant told ABC News.