Joe Biden is speaking Wednesday about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected students and educators, and also condemning President Trump’s response to the virus.
Biden said that if Mr. Trump and his administration had “done their jobs,” more schools would be able to reopen to in-person learning this fall.
“If President Trump and his administration had done their jobs early on in this crisis, American schools would be open. And they’d be open safely,” Biden said. “Donald Trump and [Education Secretary Betsy] DeVos have not stepped up.”
Biden accused Mr. Trump of “starving schools of the needed funding, funding they need now.” He slammed the president and Republicans for being unwilling to consider a Democratic proposal passed in the House in May which would have provided additional funding for schools.
“Mr. President, where are you? Where are you? Why aren’t you working on this?” Biden said, making a personal entreaty to the president. He urged Mr. Trump to “get off Twitter” and invite congressional leaders to the Oval Office.
“You always talk about your ability to negotiate. Negotiate a deal – a deal for somebody other than yourself,” Biden said.
Biden also took questions from reporters, his first time doing so since he formally accepted the Democratic nomination for president last month.
Biden’s campaign also announced on Wednesday that he would be traveling to Kenosha, Wisconsin on Thursday. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump, which has been roiled by protests since the police shooting of a Black man and the deaths of two people by a suspected vigilante shooter at a subsequent demonstration. Biden said that local leaders and members of Congress had asked him to come to Kenosha.
“There have been overwhelming requests that I do come,” Biden told reporters. “What we want to do is we’ve got to heal, we’ve got to put things together, bring people together. My purpose in going is to do just that, to be a positive influence.”
Biden said he would be meeting with local community and business leaders and law enforcement.
Mr. Trump did not meet with the family of paralyzed from his injuries, his family lawyers have said., the seven times in the back by a police officer. His family has been vocal in denouncing violent protests since Jacob Blake was shot on August 23. The 29-year-old father of six remains hospitalized and is
It is unclear whether Biden will meet with the Blake family while in Kenosha.