Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called it “disgusting” that US President Donald Trump purposely underestimated the risk posed by COVID-19 knowing its danger, amid a controversy with which the progressive seeks obtain electoral revenue for the November elections.

“We learned this the day we had 190,000 Americans killed [from COVID-19]. And he [Trump] knew it, “Biden recalled in an interview with CNN. On Wednesday, the recordings of some of Trump’s conversations with journalist Bob Woodward for his new book, Rage, came to light, in which the president admitted that in February, he underestimated the danger posed by the coronavirus in order not to create panic, despite the fact that he was already aware of its gravity.

For Biden, the president’s attitude has been “almost criminal.” “The virus is not his fault,” he said, “but the deaths are his fault because he could have done something.” The US is the country most affected by the pandemic, with more than 6.3 million cases detected and more than 191,500 deaths.

During the interview, Biden also criticized Trump for blaming China for the pandemic and at the same time praising “the transparency” of his counterpart, Xi Jinping, and saying that there was nothing to worry about “and that this is going like a miracle.

Meanwhile, Trump insisted in a press conference on the same idea: that he minimized the severity of COVID-19 in his February and March speeches, despite knowing that the disease was especially “deadly” to contain the “panic” and avoid “hysteria” in the markets. “I did not lie. What I said was that we had to remain calm, “he stressed.

President Calls For “Unity” On The 9/11 19th Anniversary

President Donald Trump asked this Friday for “unity” in the ceremony in memory of the almost 3,000 deaths in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York, Arlington (Virginia), and Pennsylvania. A sober Trump made this appeal from Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Flight 93 crashed with 40 passengers and four terrorists.

“We are committed to being as one American nation, to defend our freedoms, defend our values ​​and love our neighbor; to celebrate our country and care for our communities; to honor our heroes and never forget, “she said, according to Efe.

The president, who maintained a solemn tone in an unusual message for him, also wanted to remember the 7,000 lives of “military heroes” that were lost in the war against terrorism that President George W. Bush (2001-2009) started after the attacks and that Barack Obama and now Trump inherited.

The US president said that the passengers on Flight 93 acted like “giant patriots” by deciding to “face pure evil” and save Washington DC, the supposed destination of the hijackers who wanted to crash the aircraft into the Capitol. Shortly after 10 a.m. on September 11, 2001, United Flight 93 crashed over a wasteland in southwestern Pennsylvania, following a revolt by some of its passengers, who managed to reach the cabin and struggle with the hijackers until the aircraft lost control.

Trump took advantage of his speech to show his chest for the particular war against terrorism of his Administration with the death of the leader of the Islamic State (IS), Abu Bakr al Baghdadí, and that of the head of the Guardians of the Iranian Revolution, General Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s most influential military officer.