Former Vice President Joe Biden, who leads the Democrat field of 2020 presidential hopefuls, will take part in a televised CNN town hall on the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to an announcement by the network, the hour-long event will take place on Friday and will “feature questions submitted by individuals living in some of the communities hit hardest by the coronavirus.”
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Partys coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China before it was transmitted worldwide.
Biden will stream the event from his home studio in Delaware, while CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will moderate.
The former vice president has been critical of the Trump administrations response to the pandemic.
Ahead of the event, Biden wrote on Twitter on Friday: “Its never a matter of if another pandemic will happen, its just a matter of when—and its the presidents job to ensure were ready.”
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has seen his approval ratings climb during the crisis.
A Gallup poll released earlier this week showed 60 percent of Americans approving the presidents handling of the outbreak.
Some Democrat strategists have expressed reservation whether Bidens attacks on the president carry a political downside as the country struggles to cope with the virus outbreak.
“Biden has a thin line,” a campaign adviser to Biden told Politico. “Theres a danger now that attacking [Trump] can backfire on you if you get too far out there. I dont think the public wants to hear criticism of Trump right now.”
Earlier, the presumed Democrat nominee streamed from his home studio on Monday, saying, “Donald Trump is not to blame for the coronavirus, but he does bear responsibility for our response. And I, along with every American, hope he steps up and starts to get this right.”
During the streamed event, CNNs
The Epoch Times