Biden Whines about President Trump’s Response to Coronavirus: Believes that Now is not the Time for “Fearmongering”

Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden criticized President Donald Trump for allegedly cutting health programs during the coronavirus outbreak in China. This virus is now spreading into America.

“We have, right now, a crisis with the coronavirus,” Biden said in Iowa last Friday, January 31, 2020. “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”

The former vice president accused the president of hindering the progress on global health oversight that the Obama administration was able to make.

Biden pointed to “draconian cuts” to the budgets of certain agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Trump campaign responded to Biden’s comments, telling Reuters the president “is listening to medical and scientific experts and taking every responsible precaution to protect the American people.”

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration declared a public health emergency. This outbreak has infected nearly 10,000 people worldwide. Most of the cases of the coronavirus have been confined to China. However, twelve individuals in six countries have caught the virus without even traveling to China.

So far, the CDC has identified six cases of the coronavirus in America.

China is clearly not in its best shape.

From an authoritarian tradition of governance to its trade policies, the country has become an adversarial actor on the world stage.

Additionally, this latest virus demonstrates how rickety its health infrastructure is and why the U.S. should start considering more restrictionist migration policies with the country.