President Trump hit Joe Biden late Sunday after the likely democratic candidate criticized his golf trip earlier in the day as the country approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths.
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Biden was a fierce critic of Trump’s handling of the outbreak and advertising Trump faced while playing golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, and the death toll.
“Almost 100,000 lives have been lost and tens of millions are unemployed,” tweeted Biden. “In the meantime, the President spent his day golfing.”
Trump went to Twitter himself to call “Sleepy Joe”.
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He said Biden’s team apparently thinks he should “stay in the White House at all times.”
“What they have not said is that it is the first time in almost 3 months that I have been playing golf, that Biden is always on vacation, relaxed and doing shady business with other countries, and that Barack [Obama] always played golf and traveled a lot in a smoke that spat out 747 to play in Hawaii – even after ISIS announced the cruel death of a tall young man! “
Trump has not specified the instance. But in 2014, President Obama was criticized for responding to the death of American journalist James Foley. The New York Times reported at the time that Obama was speaking to Foley’s parents and as soon as “the cameras go out” he went to a golf course in Martha’s vineyard. The newspaper reported, “He spent the rest of the afternoon on the connections, even as a firestorm of criticism broke out of what many considered persistent indifference to the slaughter he had just condemned.”
Trump critics likely see Biden in the same technique Trump used to harm political rivals. Mediate pointed out that Trump has long criticized Obama for playing golf during his presidency.
“President Obama has a big meeting at N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people from across the country who have chosen to play golf! Trump wrote in 2014.
The Twitter exchange could be a preview of what will come before the 2020 elections. Trump recently tried to go on the offensive over the unmasking related to General Michael Flynn’s case. He told Fox News exclusively last week that the Russia investigation was “the biggest political crime in our country’s history”.
Biden was recently asked by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos after the Obama administration’s investigation into Flynn and after a mysterious meeting in the Oval Office on January 5, 2017. He said he was “aware that there was an investigation, but that’s all I know about it and I don’t think about anything else …”
The 2020 elections are likely to depend on how the public perceives Trump’s handling of the virus. Democrats like Biden criticized slow response and inconsistent messaging. Biden wrote earlier this month in the Washington Post that Trump had failed to unite the country and instead “is returning to a well-known strategy of distracting blame and dividing Americans.”
Trump said his early travel ban with China saved lives. He launched Operation Warp Speed to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine by bringing together the military, the private sector, and other government agencies.
Trump said one of his top priorities was reopening the country.
The Associated Press contributed to this report