Trump campaign accuses Biden of 'plagiarizing' Trump's coronavirus plan
Team Trump says been there, done that
March 12, 2020 - 11:16pm
The Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook
- combat coronavirus
- which was derailed in part due to allegations of plagiarism
- ordering the FDA to allow hundreds of private labs and academic hospitals
- moved decisively to provide $50 billion in liquidity to small business owners
- securing a commitment from the nation's insurance providers to waive all copays on coronavirus testing
- fast-tracking development of a vaccine
- advised Americans to take these critical steps
The Trump reelection campaign on Thursday mocked Joe Biden’s plan to combat coronavirus, accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of "plagiarizing" President Trump's plan.
Beyond the attack essentially stating that Biden is offering nothing new, it was also a not-so-subtle-evocation of Biden’s failed 1988 presidential campaign, which was derailed in part due to allegations of plagiarism.
“Joe Biden's coronavirus remarks today sounded awfully familiar,” rapid response director Andrew Clark said in a press statement. “Listening to him, we felt a sense of déjà vu. Here’s why: Biden blatantly ripped off President Trump, and bizarrely called on him to do things he has in fact already done.”
The Biden campaign did not respond to request for comment from Just the News.
During Biden’s midday press event on the issue, he said "no efforts should be spared" to get private labs and universities working to rapidly expand testing for coronavirus.
“President Trump already acted on this weeks ago, ordering the FDA to allow hundreds of private labs and academic hospitals to rapidly begin testing for coronavirus,” Clark continued.
Biden said during his statement that small businesses would need assistance to manage the negative economic impact of coronavirus.
“President Trump already moved decisively to provide $50 billion in liquidity to small business owners, and is asking Congress for even more,” Clark said.
During his remarks, Biden, in home state Delaware, also called on insurance companies to eliminate copays for coronavirus testing during this peak contagion period.
“President Trump already got it done, securing a commitment from the nation's insurance providers to waive all copays on coronavirus testing and expand coverage of coronavirus treatment in all their benefit plans.
Biden said the United States should work to "accelerate" the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
“That is exactly what President Trump has done, fast-tracking development of a vaccine to face clinical trials within months,” Clark said.
Biden urged Americans to not go to work when sick, to wash their hands, and to avoid large public gatherings.
“Trump advised Americans to take these critical steps weeks ago,” Clark said.
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