Weeks before the US elections, Democratic challenger Joe Biden attacked US President Donald Trump again in a short video he posted on Twitter about wearing masks amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
A short clip he shared shows Mr Biden putting on a black mask while Donald Trump removes his white mask in an adjacent frame. “Masks are important. They save lives,” read the caption.
The post came shortly after the US President again called for criticism to remove his mask immediately and upon his return to the White House. He checked out of a hospital this morning after receiving emergency Covid treatment at the facility for four days.
Shortly before he was released, Donald Trump stressed in a tweet: “Do not be afraid of Covid”.
Wear a mask. pic.twitter.com/TSuLuzAXEB
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 6, 2020
“I’m leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center at 6:30 pm today. I feel really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We developed some really great Drugs & Knowledge under the Trump Administration. I feel better than 20 years ago! (Sic) “, read his tweet.
His return to the White House flashed on the news channels. He went up the steps to the stately balcony of the south portico and demonstratively took off his mask to greet the departing Marine One, reported the AFP news agency.
The US President and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive last week. Trump was hospitalized the next day.
However, Joe Biden suggested that Trump’s comments not to be afraid of Covid were irresponsible. “Tell the 205,000 families who have lost someone,” he was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.
“I would hope that after the president’s been through what he’s been through – and I’m glad he’s been doing pretty well – would teach the American people the right lesson: masks are important,” said the ex-US Vice President said just before Trump was released from the hospital.
“These masks are important. They are important, they save lives, they prevent the disease from spreading.”
The United States, worst hit by the pandemic with over 74 lakh cases, will vote for its next president on November 3rd.