Coronavirus live news: Trump says Covid-19 will 'go away' because of 'herd mentality'

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Asked by a first-time voter “If you believe it’s the president’s responsibility to protect America, why would you downplay a pandemic that is known to disproportionately harm low-income families and minority communities?”

“Well, I didn’t downplay it, I ‘up-played’ it in terms of action,” he responded, and again cited his bans on travel from Europe and China. At the time of the bans, public health experts said that once a disease has begun circulating within a community, banning outsiders is mostly futile.

Q: Why did you downplay coronavirus?TRUMP: I didn't downplay it. I up-played itQ: Did you not admit to it yourself?TRUMP: With China, I put a ban on pic.twitter.com/rVIRnWhKBD

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In the town hall, Trump also criticised Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for not implementing a national mask mandate.

“He didn’t do it. He never did it,” he said. He added that “a lot of people did not want to wear masks.”

"They said at the Democrat Convention they're gonna do a national [mask] mandate. They never did it." -- someone might want to inform Trump who the president isHe then tries to both-sides mask wearing, saying "a lot of people think that masks are not good." pic.twitter.com/FACVjMr0di

Trump is criticizing Biden, who isn't president, for not finding a way to implement a national mask mandate, on ABC Town Hall.

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