Joe Biden Criticizes Trump's Response to Coronavirus Crisis, Says 'White House Is No Place for On-the-Job Training'

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said anxious Americans are demanding honesty and steady leadership that they aren't receiving from President Donald Trump amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Biden portrayed Trump as a chaotic and ineffective leader in the fight to curb the COVID-19 illness, ridiculing the president on social media by saying "a wall will not stop coronavirus" and arguing that his re-election would "forever" hurt Americans. He pointed to several seemingly conflicting remarks made by Trump in response to the coronavirus as he pitched himself to voters as the steady hand who could help guide the country through the crisis.

Biden sought to calm "anxious" Americans in a Twitter thread Saturday, which described how he believes Trump has worsened the worldwide pandemic.

"The White House is no place for on-the-job training — Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus has made that even more clear. We need a president who is ready to clean up his mess, take responsibility, and lead us forward on day one," the former vice president tweeted Saturday.

"I know many are anxious about the spread of the coronavirus and the threat it poses. And my thoughts are with all those affected, our first responders and health care providers who are putting themselves on the line for others, and everyone making sacrifices to stop the spread," he continued.

On Friday, Trump declared a national emergency in response to the crisis. "The action I am taking will open up access to up to $50 billion of very important and a large amount of money for states and territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease," he said.

Biden and fellow Democratic presidential candidate, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, have both sought to capitalize on several of the president's recent mistakes, including remarks Trump made during his Wednesday Oval Office speech that sparked "total chaos" in his administration, according to reports. Several State Department and top health officials claimed Trump's remarks ignited confusion and forced agencies to issue statements that contradicted his comments about the European travel ban. Political pundits praised Biden's "sober, magnanimous" speech last week as evidence of what a calmer administration the Democratic delegate front-runner would lead in the face of a similar crisis.

Sanders, who is currently trailing Biden significantly in the Democratic primary process, also offered remarks

"First -- we are dealing with a national emergency and the president should declare one now. Next, because President Trump is unable and unwilling to lead selflessly, we must immediately convene an emergency, bipartisan authority of experts to support and direct a response that is comprehensive, compassionate, and based first and foremost on science and fact," Sanders said in a Thursday address regarding the health and economic crisis.

On Friday, Biden struck an even more desperate tone about the repercussions of Trump winning a potential second term in November. He followed up a series of tweets over the week that pointed to Trump's failure to provide "steady, trusted American leadership" despite "so much fear around the world" over the coronavirus spread.

"I believe this nation can overcome four years of Donald Trump. But if he's given eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. We can't let that happen. We have to defeat Donald Trump," Biden tweeted Friday. "If I'm elected president, I promise you I'll strive to give the nation that very leadership every day."

The Biden campaign and White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment Saturday afternoon.

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Joe Biden said Americans are demanding honesty and steady leadership that they aren't receiving from President Donald Trump amid the ongoing coronavirus spread across the globe. TASOS KATOPODIS / Stringer/Getty Images
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