Biden says Trump exercises 'no leadership' on coronavirus response

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles while speaking during a roundtable on economic reopening with community members, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

DARBY, Penn. (AP) - Joe Biden ratcheted up his criticism of President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, accusing him of ignoring the damage he's caused by an inadequate and ineffective response to the outbreak.

"Donald Trump wants to style himself as a wartime president. Unlike any other wartime leader, he takes no responsibility, he exercises no leadership, now he has just flat surrendered the fight," Biden said during a campaign event in the Philadelphia suburbs..

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee attacked Trump for the high rate of U.S. deaths and charged that the economy is "still sputtering." With "no clear guidance" from the federal government on how businesses should respond, Biden warned the economic outlook could get worse.

"We may lose some of the progress we've begun to make all because he's lost interest," Biden said.

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