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A member of a group of left-wing congressional Democrats known as “The Squad” clapped back at Joe Biden’s campaign after the former vice president made the decision to pull all negative ads for a time following President Donald Trump’s announcement he has COVID-19.
“Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family,” Biden wrote on Twitter. “This cannot be a partisan moment. It must be an American moment. We have to come together as a nation.”
It’s not clear how long the Biden camp plans to keep the negative ads off the air and the Internet. The former VP has not tested positive for the virus following his Tuesday debate with the president.
The decision to temporarily pull the ads did not sit well with all members of the vice president’s party.
“Why would Biden delay or suspend his campaign when we know Trump would’ve had ads up by noon today ridiculing Biden for testing positive? Get it together,” Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota wrote in a tweet.
Why would Biden delay or suspend his campaign when we know Trump would’ve had ads up by noon today ridiculing Biden for testing positive?
Get it together.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 3, 2020
But the Trump campaign said it had no plans to reciprocate, a decision officials said was based on Biden’s own behavior.
“Joe Biden used his speech in Michigan today to attack the President repeatedly on Social Security, the economy, and job creation,” campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said, according to CNN. “Now Biden wants credit for being magnanimous?”
Within hours of announcing that he had the virus, President Trump boarded Marine One and flew a short distance to Walter Reed Medical Center, where he will reportedly remain for at least a few days while he receives therapeutic treatment.
Earlier Saturday, Dr. Sean Dooley, a pulmonologist at Walter Reed, gave an update on the president’s condition.
“The president this morning is not on oxygen, not having difficulty breathing or walking around,” he told reporters. “He is in good spirits. We were completing the rounds this morning, the quote he left us with was, ‘I feel like I could walk out of here today.’ That was very encouraging from him.”
First lady Melania Trump was also diagnosed with COVID-19, and she has said she is only suffering mild symptoms.
Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.
— Melania Trump 45 Archived (@FLOTUS45) October 2, 2020
“Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery,” she tweeted.
Before Dooley spoke, Physician to the President Sean Conley explained his decision to send the president to Walter Reed.
“I recommended we bring the president up to Walter Reed as a precautionary measure to provide state-of-the-art monitoring and any care he may need,” he said.
“Seventy-two hours into his diagnosis now, the first week of COVID, and particularly this day is the most critical in determining the course of this illness. The team and I are happy with the progress that he has made. Thursday he had a mild cough and some nasal congestion and fatigue, which are now resolving,” he added.
Trump’s doctor gives official update on president’s health: ‘He’s in exceptionally good spirits’ https://t.co/4y0t7kQWdK
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 3, 2020
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