Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, on Friday, accused President Donald Trump of failing to hold China accountable for the “” epidemic.
“The bitter truth is that Trump has left America exposed and vulnerable to the epidemic,” Joe Biden said in a video posted on the Internet, adding that the US president ignored the warnings of health experts and intelligence agencies, and “instead put his faith on China’s leaders”, who, according to several officials around the world, have lied about the pandemic and held crucial informations which could’ve helped other countries deal better with the virus’ spread.
Biden added that Donald Trump ended funding for a program created during the Obama administration to monitor urgent infectious diseases and cut the number of experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in China by two thirds.
He said that Trump “left a place vacant, that was reserved for an American, within the China Disease Control Agency. Now we are all paying the price,” according to Reuters.
The Trump campaign has moved quickly to use Biden’s record for nearly 50 years as a senator, vice-president, and presidential candidate as material for attacks on China, an issue that has emerged as a major battlefield for election campaigns ahead of the November elections.
On Thursday, a pro-Trump political action committee calling itself “America First” set aside $ 10 million in a new campaign to attack Biden in the frontline states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The ads filmed Biden as a friend of the ruling Communist Party of China, while highlighting Trump’s decision in January to ban travel from China after the new Corona virus outbreak began there.
While Biden’s allies welcomed this election battle, they said that Trump undermined the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and allowed the rapid spread of the new Corona virus, which first appeared in Wuhan, China, but now has killed more than 35,000 Americans.
On Friday, “American Bridge 21” unveiled a “first wave” of anti-Trump advertising campaigns in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, costing $ 15 million.
The ads criticized Trump for providing American medical supplies to help China and for praising Chinese President Xi Jinping for his transparency in the way the virus was treated despite widespread skepticism about the accuracy of the death toll reported by China, which now stands at about 4,600 cases.
“Trump trusted China and sent Beijing our supplies, and now he’s looking at the chaos we are in,” the campaign advertised.