- "I never even thought of changing the date of the election," Trump said during a press conference.
- “Mark my words, I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” Biden said on Thursday.
- Trump also spoke of the possibility of asking Beijing to pay billions of dollars in compensation for the damage caused by the new coronavirus.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, said on Monday that he has no intention whatsoever of postponing the November 3 presidential elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump accused his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden of “made-up propaganda.”
“I never even thought of changing the date of the election,” Trump said during a press conference. “Why would I do that? November 3. It’s a good number. I look forward to that election.” Days earlier, Biden had made allegations to the effect that Trump would do all he can to postpone the voting date.
“Mark my words, I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” Biden said on Thursday. “That’s the only way he thinks he can possibly win.” He added, “imagine threatening not to fund the post office. Now, what in God’s name is that about? Other than trying to let the word out that he’s going to do all he can to make it very hard for people to vote. That’s the only way he thinks he can possibly win.”
“It’s just made-up propaganda,” Trump said in response. At the same press conference, the American President spoke of the possibility of asking Beijing to pay billions of dollars in compensation for the damage caused by the new coronavirus.
“We’re doing very serious investigations, as you probably know. And we are not happy with China. We are not happy with that whole situation. Because we believe it could have been stopped at the source. It could have been stopped quickly, and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”
During his press conference in the Rose Gardens at the White House, Trump added, “there are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable.” Trump also said he will keep borders closed until the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe improves. “We’re looking at that and it depends on how long it’s taking Europe to heal. Italy is starting to make a comeback. I’m very happy to see that with my friend the prime minister,” said the US leader, referring to the head of the Italian government, Giuseppe Conte.
Donald Trump called the impact of the new coronavirus outbreak in Europe “tragic,” citing Italy, Spain, France, and Germany as examples. “It’s tragic what went on in Italy, in Spain, in France and in Germany, frankly, in every country over there. It’s tragic, but we’ll be looking at what’s happening in Europe and certainly we want to do that (lift the restrictions) and they want to do that too, very badly,” he added.
The closure of the borders with Europe began on March 14, for an initial period of 30 days. This, meanwhile, has been renewed, and can be extended as long as the American president deems it necessary.
In total, 56,164 people have since died in the United States due to the pandemic. The number of infected people rose to 987,467, with about 111,000 people reported to have recovered. The United States remains the country with the highest number of deaths and confirmed cases. Next are Italy (26,644 dead, more than 197,000 cases), Spain (23,521 dead, more than 209,000 cases), France (22,856 dead, about 162,000 cases) and the United Kingdom (21,092 dead, more than 157,000 cases) ).
Globally, according to a report on the news agency AFP, the pandemic of covid -19 has caused more than 206,000 dead and infected nearly three million people in 193 countries and territories. Nearly 810,000 patients were considered cured.