Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump on the economy, his pandemic and remarks the president made about George Floyd on a day when the government reported surprising job gains for last month.
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“It’s time for him to step out of his own bunker,” Biden said, referring to recent reports that Trump spent time in a White House bunker, or safe room, during recent protests in Lafayette Square close to the White House.
“Let’s be clear, the president, who takes no responsibility for costing millions and millions of Americans their jobs, deserves no credit when a fraction of them return.”
The Labor Department said that U.S. employers added 2.5 million workers to their payrolls last month. Economists had been expecting them instead to slash another 8 million jobs amid the ongoing fallout from the response to the pandemic.
President Trump touted the news speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden early Friday.
Hours later, Biden began his remarks by blasting Trump for comments the president made about George Floyd, who recently died while in police custody, sparking nationwide protests about police brutality.
Referring to the economy, Trump said, “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country.”
“This is a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody,” Trump said.
Biden suggested that he was appalled.
“For the president to try to put any other words in the mouth of George Floyd. I frankly think it’s despicable,” Biden said.
“And the fact that he did so on the day when black unemployment rose, Hispanic unemployment rose, black youth unemployment skyrocketed, tells you everything you need to know about this man and what he really cares about.”
“He’s out there spiking the ball, completely oblivious to the tens of millions of people who are facing the greatest struggle of their lives,” the former vice president said.
“The fact is that about 13 million fewer jobs today for American workers than the the day President Obama and I left office.”