(AmericanPoliticalDaily.Com)- NBC News reported on Monday that President Donald Trump took a call from presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The call was initially proposed by the Biden camp, but many scoffed at the idea as Joe Biden, as vice president under the Obama administration, failed to stock up on key medical supplies in the way of the 2009 Swine Flu outbreak and the 2014 Ebola crisis.
Axios reporter Alayna Treene confirmed the NBC report, telling Twitter that Vice President Mike Pence was not on the call.
Confirming the call took place.
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) April 6, 2020
“@marcshort45 says the VP was chairing a meeting with the White House coronavirus task force while POTUS & Biden were on the phone,” Treene said.
Very few details have been revealed about the call, but during a daily press conference in the White House Briefing Room, Trump addressed the rumors and simple said that Biden told Trump what he thinks needs to happen.
“He gave me his point of view,” Trump said. “Very friendly conversation.”
Trump also said that the phone call lasted around 15 minutes and that he appreciated Biden’s input. You can see the president’s comments in the video below.
The question is, why did President Trump take the call? Biden was looking for an opportunity to gain input on the crisis, and this was his opportunity. Perhaps the Trump 2020 re-election team saw it as an opportunity to push back on any claims that the president is unwilling to work on a bilateral basis.
If that’s the case, then it may have worked. Biden might have wanted to appear like a great authority on the virus, but days after the call took place the media is barely interested in it. The president also made it fairly clear that nothing truly productive came out of the call.
What does Biden think he can offer that the Coronavirus Task Force, which includes some of the country’s leading scientific and medical experts, can’t?