President Donald Trump criticized presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for efforts to “politicize” the coronavirus pandemic, “ignoring the scientific evidence and putting left-wing politics before facts and evidence.” “If I listened to his advice, hundreds of thousands more people would have died,” Trump said at a press conference on Thursday. “This is according to many people. I believe that Dr. Fauci agreed with that. He said that President Trump made a great decision when he put the ban on China.” “He does not identify what authority the President has to issue such a mandate or how federal law enforcement could possibly enforce it or why we would be stepping on governors throughout our country, many of whom have done a very good job and they know what is needed,” the president said.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Today, we saw Joe Biden continue to politicize a pandemic and to show his appalling lack of respect for the American people. That’s what it is. At every turn, Biden has been wrong about the virus, ignoring the scientific evidence and putting left-wing politics before facts and evidence. Sleepy Joe opposed both the China and the Europe travel bans. You know that. He opposed the China travel ban that I instituted very early and the Europe travel ban that I instituted quite early. If he had followed – if we went after – I listened to his advice, hundreds of thousands more people would have died. This is according to many people. I believe that Dr. Fauci agreed with that. He said that President Trump made a great decision when he put the ban on China. Joe Biden wants to fling open American borders, allowing the pandemic to infiltrate every U.S. community based on his policies. He wants to have ridiculous open borders. I’ve been saying from the first day I started campaigning for this great office that if you have open borders, you don’t have a country. You don’t have a country, with open borders. So he wants open borders. The Democrats want open borders. And if you take a look at our southern border, we would have criminals pouring through. The wall is getting close to 290 miles long, and it’s having a huge impact. So we disagree with him on that. That’s one of the many different – many things that we disagree with. But while Joe Biden would allow rioters and looters and criminals and millions of illegal aliens to roam free in our country, he wants the federal government to issue a sweeping new mandate to law-abiding citizens. He wants the President of the United States, with the mere stroke of a pen, to order over 300 million American citizens to wear a mask for a minimum of three straight months – I guess this just happened; he thinks it’s good politics, I guess – no matter where they live and no matter their surroundings. Because different states are much different, both in terms of the atmosphere itself and also in terms of the corona problem. He does not identify what authority the President has to issue such a mandate or how federal law enforcement could possibly enforce it or why we would be stepping on governors throughout our country, many of whom have done a very good job and they know what is needed. Also, many of our 50 states are doing the job at a level that frankly, people are really surprised, including foreign governments that are calling us constantly and asking for advice. So I want to just say our governors have worked very hard. They’ve worked with Vice President Pence and myself and everybody else that’s been going. We have Scott now involved. And so, Scott, congratulations. You’ll be working with a lot of governors; you’ve already started. And Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx. If the President has the unilateral power to order every single citizen to cover their face in nearly all instances, what other powers does he have? That’s why he refused – Biden – to take questions. He couldn’t answer any of them. Couldn’t answer the questions. He refuses to take questions. He never takes questions. I take questions; he never takes questions. And you sort of wonder what’s going on, because they’re not that difficult. Some can be nasty, but they’re not that difficult. But he never takes questions. So he just, I guess, left. I didn’t see it, but I guess he just left the podium. Put it in your minds. My administration has a different approach: We have urged Americans to wear masks. And I emphasized this is a patriotic thing to do. Maybe they’re great and maybe they’re just good. Maybe they’re not so good. But frankly, what do you have to lose? You have nothing to lose. So we do, and we’ve been saying wear them when it’s appropriate, especially in terms of social distancing, if you can’t distance enough. And what do you have to lose? But again, it’s up to the governors. And we want to have a certain freedom. We want to have a certain freedom. That’s what we’re about.