In a pair of digital videos, the Biden campaign claims that the president has placed the United States in a poorly prepared position to deal with the epidemic and has not been energetic enough to demand transparency from Chinese leaders.
“The uncomfortable truth is that this president has left America exposed and vulnerable to this pandemic,” said former vice president Joe Biden in one of the videos. “He ignored warnings from health experts and intelligence agencies and instead trusted Chinese leaders. “
Tony Blinken, Biden’s former deputy secretary of state and foreign policy advisor Tony Blinken, said in a separate video, “President Trump has been gentle with China at the most important time. Joe Biden will insist that China shoulder its responsibilities. “
The videos show how the Biden campaign plans to put Trump’s response to the coronavirus at the heart of their argument against him in the 2020 elections.
Last week, the president’s re-election campaign released an ad that tried to describe Biden as being too friendly to China, but it included audio clips and misleading images, including suggesting that Gary Locke, the former governor of Washington , was a Chinese official. The Trump campaign also attempted to connect with Biden’s son, Hunter, and his past business relationships in China.
“President Trump’s bogus attacks on Vice President Biden are just another attempt to divert the attention of the President of China from standing up to China for American workers and, more importantly, today today, not to prepare our country for the coronavirus pandemic, “said Democratic Senator Sherrod. Brown of Ohio told reporters during a Friday call to the Biden campaign. “We know President Trump’s manual – divide and distract. The American people know better. “
China and the coronavirus pandemic have quickly turned into major campaign issues for both sides.
On Thursday, pro-Trump America First Action announced a $ 10 million ad campaign in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that will target the former vice president on China. Pro-Biden, American Bridge, responded with its own $ 15 million ad campaign in the same key battlefield states, criticizing Trump for his approach to China during the coronavirus pandemic.
Throughout the crisis, Biden criticized Trump’s response to the pandemic on the health and economic fronts. He recently accused the president of having a “tantrum” while the Americans died.
The two men shared a rare moment of direct communication earlier this month when they spoke over the phone about the coronavirus, with both sides describing their conversation as cordial.