Trump, Biden spoke on the phone about the coronavirus outbreak
WASHINGTON: President Donald trump said he had a wonderful and warm conversation with Joe Biden Monday about the outbreak.
He gave me his point of view, and I fully understood it, and we had a very friendly conversation, Trump said at his daily press conference.
The president said he and Biden agreed not to share the details of their conversation, but confirmed an earlier statement from the Biden campaign that the Democrat offered suggestions on how to tackle the pandemic. Biden had previously said he would like to share with Trump some lessons he learned from dealing with similar crises during the Obama administration.
But Trump added: It doesn't mean he agrees with those suggestions. Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager, said in a statement that the two had a good decision in which Biden gave Trump some advice and expressed appreciation for the spirit of the American people in facing the challenges facing the nation.
The conversation was the culmination of a day-long effort by aides to put the two on the phone, after White House adviser Kellyanne Conway asked the former vice president to offer some support to Trump. .
Biden, the possible Democratic presidential candidate, has launched in recent weeks a series of proposals to respond to the pandemic and has criticized the Trump administration for acting too slow to stop the spread of the virus.
Biden said last week that he would “love” to speak to Trump and wanted to share with him his experiences from the Obama administration.
We've been through this in a slightly different way in the past, and I hope you can learn a few lessons from what we did well and perhaps what we did wrong, Biden said during a virtual press conference.