Biden blasts Trump over alleged comments on troops and says president has ‘botched’ virus response

Biden blasts Trump over alleged comments on troops and says president has ‘botched’ virus response

A visibly angry Joe Biden on Friday blasted President Donald Trump over comments the president reportedly made about U.S. military members and said the economy is being held back by Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking in Wilmington, Del., Biden began what was to be a solely economy- and coronavirus-focused speech by ripping Trump’s reported instances of making disparaging remarks about members of the military who have been captured or killed.

“If what is written in the Atlantic is true, it’s disgusting,” said Biden. “It affirms what most of us believe to be true, that Donald Trump is not fit to be commander-in-chief.”

Trump’s reported remarks included referring to the American war dead at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France in 2018 as “losers” and “suckers.”

See:Trump disparaged U.S. war dead as ‘losers’ and ‘suckers,’ according to the Atlantic

Trump on Thursday adamantly denied the claims in the Atlantic article, referring to its allegations as “totally false.”

Biden’s speech came after the government reported the U.S. regained 1.4 million jobs in August and the unemployment rate posted a surprisingly large drop to 8.4% from 10.2% in July, according to the Labor Department.

Now see:U.S. regains 1.4 million jobs in August and unemployment drops to 8.4% as economic recovery shows resilience

As MarketWatch reports, the latest data suggest an economic recovery is still plowing ahead, even if the pace of growth has slowed since the start of the summer. The U.S. shed more than 22 million jobs during the worst stages of the pandemic. So far, it’s restored about 10.7 million of those lost jobs.

Biden returned to a frequent theme by saying Trump has “botched” the pandemic response and said the economy would be better off had the president properly managed it.

“We all know it didn’t have to be this bad,” said Biden.

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 worldwide rose above 26.3 million on Friday, with the U.S. accounting for about a quarter of that total.

Coronavirus update:Global cases climb above 26.3 million, and U.S. vaccine program head sees very low chance of vaccine by late October

Lawmakers in Washington, meanwhile, continue to wrangle over more aid for the economy as Americans struggle with the pandemic. Attempts to restart talks over another relief and stimulus package failed in August, and the Senate is likely to be in session only 11 days through Sept. 30. House committees will work next week, the full House is also set to be in session for only 11 days before the end of the month.

Read:Shutdown prospects dim, but so do fiscal-stimulus odds as Pelosi, Mnuchin eye separate tracks ahead of September free-for-all

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.81% trimmed losses Friday, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.56% turned positive in a day of wild trade. See Market Snapshot.

Read on:Pentagon memo instructs military newspaper Stars and Stripes to shut down and vacate government premises

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