Biden defends governors on response to coronavirus

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Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden fired off one of his toughest critiques of Donald Trump to date, chastising the president for attacking state and local officials “doing the work he won’t” to fight for more equipment to combat coronavirus.

“Patients need ventilators. Nurses need equipment. And Donald Trump is attacking people who dare to do something about it,” Biden said Friday on Twitter.

Trump said Thursday on Fox News that he’s having problems with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who endorsed Biden and is pushing aggressively for more federal support for her state. Trump, referring to her as “the young, a woman governor, you know who I’m talking about, from Michigan,” said he doesn’t “know if she knows what’s going on” and “all she does is sit there and blame the federal government.”

Biden said he thanks “God every day for people like @GovWhitmer, who are doing the work he won’t.”

Whitmer has frequently been mentioned as a potential running mate for Biden after he committed to picking a woman for the role. Whitmer said earlier this month that she wasn’t going to be Biden’s vice presidential pick but wanted to help him make a good choice. “I’m going to help him vet and make sure he’s got a great running mate. It is not going to be me,” she said in an interview on MSNBC. “But I’m going to have a hand in helping make sure that that he has got the rounded out ticket that can win.”


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