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Trump describes phone call with Biden as ‘really wonderful’

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  • At his daily coronavirus press briefing, President Donald Trump said he had a “really wonderful, warm conversation,” with Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden.
  • He said they spoke about the coronavirus, and that he understood Biden’s point of view. 
  • In stark contrast to the positive phone call, in late March Biden released an ad criticizing the president for his role in the coronavirus pandemic, saying Trump failed the US when it needed him the most.
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President Donald Trump had a “really wonderful, warm conversation,” with Democratic presidential front runner and former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday.

Trump spoke about the call at his daily coronavirus press briefing. He said: “I also spoke just a few minutes ago with Vice President, former Vice President Biden who called.”

“We had a really wonderful warm conversation, it was a very nice conversation. We talked about pretty much this [the coronavirus], this is what we talked about,” he said.

Trump said Biden, who currently leads the national delegate count over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, gave him “his point of view,” which he said he fully understood. He said Biden had suggestions, although that didn’t mean he agreed with them.

Biden’s campaign issued a statement on the call, according to ABC News, which called it a “good call.” Campaign spokesperson Kate Bedingfield wrote that Biden, along with sharing suggestions for actions to take, “expressed his appreciation for the spirit of the American people in meeting the challenges facing the nation.”

Less than a fortnight earlier, Biden released an ad criticizing the president for his role in the coronavirus pandemic in the US. The ad juxtaposed comments made by the president alongside a tally showing cases rising across the country, Business Insider previously reported. 

Biden posted the ad on Twitter, and above the ad it said: “In times of crisis, American presidents have always stepped up to meet the moment. But all we’ve gotten from Donald Trump are lies, excuses, and scapegoats. Trump has failed our country at a time when we need him most.”

Yet according to Trump, Monday’s conversation was “very friendly” and lasted about 15 minutes.

“It was really good, really nice. I appreciate his calling,” he said.

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