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'Get off Twitter:' Biden slams Trump for lack of leadership this back-to-school season

Reggie Wade
·Writer
·2 mins read
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - SEPTEMBER 02:  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks on the coronavirus pandemic during a campaign event September 2, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden spoke on safely reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - SEPTEMBER 02: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks on the coronavirus pandemic during a campaign event September 2, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden spoke on safely reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In a speech focusing on education today, presidential candidate Joe Biden criticized the Trump administration for its lack of leadership regarding the re-opening of U.S. schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This should be a season of promise for our country, a time when classrooms are crackling with the possibilities of the new year and students’ hopes about the future … If President Trump and his administration had done their jobs early on in this crisis, American schools would be open, and they would be open safely. Instead, American families are paying the price for his failures.

Biden laid into the president for what he sees as his lack of leadership and and inability to keep American children safe during a crisis.

“We need emergency support funding for our schools, and we need it now. Mr. President, that’s your job, that’s what you be focusing on now, getting our kids back to school safely.”

Asian woman teacher using thermometer temperature screening student for fever against the spread of COVID-19 while student coming back to school, New normal and Education concept.
Asian woman teacher using thermometer temperature screening student for fever against the spread of COVID-19 while student coming back to school, New normal and Education concept.

Biden went on to say that Trump does not have any real plan to open schools safely, and that the president is offering ‘“nothing but failure and allusions.”

Biden’s speech comes at a time when school districts across the U.S. are struggling to find concrete plans to open school safely amid the pandemic.

The former Vice President also criticized President Trump for his inability to hammer out a new coronavirus relief deal.

“Get off Twitter and start talking to the congressional leaders of both parties and invite them to the Oval Office … you always talk about your ability to negotiate — negotiate a deal.”

Reggie Wade is a writer for Yahoo Finance. Follow him on Twitter at @ReggieWade.

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