As coronavirus spreads, Biden says Trump is 'the worst possible person' to keep America safe

As evidence, Biden cited Trump’s response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic. Earlier, Trump tweeted that “it will all work out well.” Trump’s potential Democratic rivals, however, are not so sure. The second is about Trump’s leadership.

As coronavirus spreads, Biden says Trump is 'the worst possible person' to keep America safe

As coronavirus spreads, Biden says Trump is 'the worst possible person' to keep America safeAs evidence, Biden cited Trump’s response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic. Earlier, Trump tweeted that “it will all work out well.” Trump’s potential Democratic rivals, however, are not so sure. The second is about Trump’s leadership.

As China struggles to contain the deadly coronavirus, Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering up plans to deal with the likelihood it will spread to the United States — and criticism of the president they hope to unseat.

“Trump’s demonstrated failures of judgment and his repeated rejection of science make him the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health challenge,” former Vice President Joe Biden wrote Monday in a USA Today op-ed

In turn, Donald Trump has had almost nothing to say about the outbreak, in contrast to his hysterical tweets about Ebola in 2014.

But is this an issue that voters will care about in November, or even next week?

It depends how you define this “issue.” When it comes to the political implications of the coronavirus, there are really two conversations taking place at once. The first is about policy. The second is about Trump’s leadership. A debate over public health policy probably won’t influence voters. But if the coronavirus starts to threaten Americans, a debate over the president’s capacity to keep the country safe could end up moving the needle.   

To rewind: The coronavirus is a pneumonia-like disease believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The outbreak is spreading rapidly across that nation, and cases are cropping up with increasing frequency overseas. China said on Tuesday that 106 people had died from the virus, up nearly 60 percent overnight, while the number of confirmed cases rose overnight from 2,835 to 4,515. Thailand has reported 14 cases of the infection; Hong Kong has eight; the United States, Taiwan, Australia and Macau have five each, and cases have been reported in Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Japan, France, Canada, Vietnam, Nepal, Cambodia and Germany. There have been no deaths yet outside China.