President Trump had a “wonderful, warm” conversation with Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden on Monday, where the two discussed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and actions the federal government could take to help combat its spread.
During the coronavirus task force briefing on Monday, Trump said: “We had a really wonderful, warm conversation. It was a very nice conversation.”
“He had suggestions,” the president continued, per ABC News. “It doesn’t mean that I agree with those suggestions but certainly, he had suggestions, and I also told him some of the things we’re doing. But the conversation was a friendly, very friendly conversation.”
“He gave me his point of view, and I fully understood that,” Trump added.
President Trump told @jonkarl that Joe Biden made “suggestions” to him during their call about handling COVID-19.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 7, 2020
Biden campaign spokesperson Kate Bedingfield similarly described in a statement that “Vice President Biden and President Trump had a good call.”
“VP Biden shared several suggestions for actions the Administration can take now to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and expressed his appreciation for the spirit of the American people in meeting the challenges facing the nation,” she added.
Biden has been repeatedly critical of Trump during his shadow press briefings, accusing him as recently as Monday of being too slow to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
For months, I called on President Trump to step up and take the action necessary to combat COVID-19.
But week after week, he downplayed the threat it posed, misled the American people, and failed to act.
Take a look: https://t.co/IkkkdeRS8V
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 6, 2020
Interesting contrast between Trump and Biden after their phone call.
Biden continues to look small and desperate. pic.twitter.com/m0uYbH05JC
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 6, 2020
The Associated Press reports:
The conversation was the culmination of a dayslong effort by aides to get the two on the phone, after White House adviser Kellyanne Conway called on the former vice president to “offer some support” to Trump. Biden, the prospective Democratic presidential nominee, has in recent weeks released a series of proposals for responding to the pandemic and has criticized the Trump administration for acting too slowly to halt the virus’ spread.
Biden said last week that he would “love” to speak to Trump and wanted to share with him his experiences from the Obama administration.
“We’ve been through this in a slightly different way in the past, and I hope they can learn some lessons from what we did right and maybe what we did wrong,” Biden said during a virtual press briefing.