During the town hall, Biden criticized Trump for not warning the US about the coronavirus during this year's State of the Union address.
"Imagine had (Trump) at the State of the Union stood up and said — when back in January I wrote an article for USA Today saying, 'We've got a pandem-we've got a real problem' — imagine if he had said something. How many more people would be alive?" Biden said.
Facts First: Trump spent 20 seconds of his February 4 State of the Union address on the coronavirus. A few days later, Trump told Bob Woodward privately that the coronavirus is more deadly than the flu, after speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier that day. It's unclear what all Trump knew or believed about the coronavirus at the time of the address, though he continued to downplay it for weeks.
Here's what Trump said about the virus during the State of the Union:
Protecting Americans' health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.
The USA Today article Biden wrote on January 27 criticized Trump's rhetoric around and approach to the coronavirus, writing, "The possibility of a pandemic is a challenge Donald Trump is unqualified to handle as president."