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Trump and Biden Have A Call About Coronavirus

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By Robin Zabiegalski

Last week, Democratic candidate and former Vice-President Joe Biden offered to get on a call with President Trump to discuss the U.S.'s strategy for responding to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a Biden campaign aide, Biden had been offering to advise the President for some time.

His latest offer to talk came after presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway called out Biden for criticizing the President without offering to help.

When Biden did offer to have a call with the President, Trump said he'd be happy to do it. That call happened on Monday.

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The Call Was Scheduled Monday Morning

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Shortly after President Trump said he would be happy to get on a call with Biden to discuss the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Biden campaign reached out to schedule a call.

Monday morning, Biden told NBC News, “Well, I - we contacted - we got back to the White House indicating that we were prepared to talk if he would like that, and as recently as 5 minutes before I got on your show, I got a call from the White House asking if I could speak with Miss Conway at 3:15 .”

President Trump Decided To Take The Call Himself

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But instead of talking to Kellyanne Conway, Biden spoke with President Trump himself. It was a rare occasion where Biden and Trump have communicated directly.

The two have had a lot to say to each other through the media. Biden has vehemently criticized Trump's response to the coronavirus crisis and his tendency to spread misinformation in his press briefings. Trump has criticized Biden for his lack of visibility in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and has said that he thinks other candidates would be better opponents in the general election.

'A Very Friendly Conversation'

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Despite their harsh words for each other in the media, Biden and Trump apparently had a great conversation on Monday afternoon.

Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager, said, "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."

President Trump said, "We had a really wonderful, warm conversation. He gave me his point of view, and I fully understood that, and we just had a very friendly conversation."

What Exactly Did They Talk About?

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When Trump spoke about the call at his daily coronavirus briefing, reporters asked for details about what he and Biden discussed. President Trump responded, "We agreed we weren't gonna talk about what we said."

When Trump was asked about the advice that he received from Biden, he said, "He had suggestions, doesn't mean I agree with those suggestions." Trump went on to say, "It was really good, really nice. ... I appreciate his calling."

Biden dealt with H1N1 and Ebola epidemics while he was Vice-President, so his advice could be very helpful to the Trump administration, which has struggled with their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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