Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden blasted Donald Trump for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying he “panicked” and has never provided a “plan” to help Americans emerge from the crisis.
Mr Biden hit Mr Trump for saying this summer “it is what it is” regarding the American death toll from Covid-19, which has surpassed 200,000 this month.
“It is what it is because you are who you are. That's why it is. The president has no plan,” Mr Biden said, pointing at his debate opponent.
Mr Trump repeatedly cut in during Mr Biden’s response with his signature one-word rebuttal: “Wrong.”
The former vice president was quick to point out that while the US accounts for less than 5 per cent of the world population, 20 per cent of the people worldwide who have died from Covid-19 are Americans.
The debate quickly lurched into a back-and-forth on the necessity of wearing masks, with Mr Trump taunting Mr Biden for wearing a mask “all the time,” while he only wears one “when I need to.”
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