Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders used President Donald Trump’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis to launch a savage attack against his administration and its handling of the pandemic.
According to Fox News, Sanders said at a rally for Democrat White House hopeful Joe Biden on Saturday that Trump’s illness “makes it more apparent we need Biden in the White House.”
“I tell you, we all wish the president and the first lady a full and speedy recovery,” the senator told a New Hampshire crowd, according to Fox. Speaking with reporters afterward, however, he laid into the president.
“I think what it does obviously is focus more attention on the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sanders said, as Fox reported.
“That’s what we believe”
According to Fox, Sanders also attacked Trump Saturday for a comment he made during Tuesday night’s presidential debate. The president had poked fun at his Democratic opponent for having an apparently low turnout at recent campaign events.
“Maybe some Republicans will make fun of us for this event. We limited attendance. We, as you can see spaced out. No one was let in without wearing a mask,” the senator said Saturday. “That’s what we believe.”
Sanders also said Trump and the GOP “have downplayed this virus” before seeming to take a swipe at the president over his (wholly justified) concern for the economy amid COVID-19.
“I think the people are concerned about getting a handle on this pandemic and understand they’re not going to have the economy we need unless we get ahead of the pandemic,” the former Democrat presidential primary contender said.
“Tremendous progress has been made”
The president, for his part, first revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 in a tweet just after midnight at the White House on Thursday. The next day, Trump was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to Newsweek, where he was expected to stay for a “few days” recovering from what White House physician Sean Conley had described as “mild symptoms” that reportedly included a fever.
“At this time, the team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made,” Conley reported at a news conference Saturday, according to CNBC. “Thursday he had a mild cough and some nasal congestion and fatigue, all of which are now resolving and improving.”
The president also indicated that he was feeling better in a Saturday afternoon tweet. By Sunday, it was announced that Trump could be discharged from Walter Reed as soon as Monday, according to Politico.
Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020