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Trump, Biden Clash Over Pandemic in First US Presidential Debate

By Kyodo News 30 September 2020

US President Donald Trump of the Republican Party and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden clashed over the coronavirus pandemic and other issues in their first head-to-head debate ahead of the Nov. 3 US election, with Biden attempting to highlight the incumbent’s incompetence.

Facing repeated interruptions and provocations from Trump, former Vice President Biden snapped at his opponent while arguing that the administration is so lacking in a coronavirus plan that Trump is unfit to be granted another four years in office.

“The president has no plan. He hasn’t laid out anything,” Biden said of the government’s response to the pandemic, while touching on recent revelations that Trump knew in February how deadly and contagious the novel coronavirus was, but played down the threat in public.

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