Though President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden said they had agreed to keep the details of their Monday phone call private, Biden appears to have reneged on the agreement. The Democratic nominee has now divulged several details about the exchange in media interviews and a meeting with donors.
Biden said during his first interview after the call that he and Trump agreed they “wouldn’t go into detail” on what was said during the call between the political rivals. Biden in the days since has laid out the specifics of the five suggestions he made to Trump on how the administration could improve its coronavirus response and even began to detail to donors at a fundraiser how Trump responded.
Biden told a local Philadelphia news station on Tuesday that he and Trump “agreed we wouldn’t go into detail” beyond acknowledging they had a phone call to discuss the pandemic. In that same interview, however, Biden disclosed the recommendations he offered the president. “The generic suggestion I made is the federal responsibility, a federal response is necessary,” Biden said. “And that I thought we needed one supply commander, nationally, and identifying where all the product needed was and how to distribute it around the country.”
In a Tuesday night interview on CNN, Biden was pressed to break his silence by anchor Chris Cuomo, who asked Biden, “Why is it a good thing for the American people for you guys to talk but us not really know what happened?” The former vice president responded by detailing exactly what he recommended to the president.
“I laid out the five things I thought he should be doing now and suggested how I thought he should go about doing,” Biden said before laying out his suggestions, which beyond the appointment of a supply commander were to fully implement the Defense Production Act, open up enrollment for Obamacare, ramp up testing, and collect more data on African Americans who have caught the coronavirus. (Read more from “Despite Initial Agreement, Biden Spills Details on Phone Call With President Trump” HERE)