President-elect Joe Biden said Friday that the U.S. needs immediate presidential leadership as the daily death toll from the coronavirus exceeds 3,000 people.
“This nation needs presidential leadership right now, presidential leadership to model the steps we should be taking to save our lives and the lives of our families,” Biden said in a direct criticism of President Donald Trump.
Biden made his remarks before he introduced several new members of his cabinet and White House staff in Wilmington, Delaware. He said the daily death rate was “more than 9/11, more than Pearl Harbor.”
In an implicit rebuke of Trump’s handling of the crisis, which has killed almost 300,000 people in the U.S., he said: “We could wish this away, but we have to face it head on.”