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Trump Hits Biden At Coronavirus Briefing: "We Have A Sleepy Guy In the Basement Of A House"

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President Trump referred to former Vice President Joe Biden, the likely Democratic party presidential nominee, as a "sleepy guy in the basement" at Thursday's coronavirus press briefing. The president was referring to Biden using a set in a room in his house to talk to the media while observing coronavirus restrictions. Trump also admonished the press for giving Biden a free pass on debates and the way he is treated in general.

"Gavin Newsom thanked us, California, thanked us for getting him all the things he needed to keep going and doing a good job," Trump said. "He said promises made, promises kept. He actually said that in a statement today. We've gotten very little credit because of the media."

"The media is not an honest media, much of it," Trump said Thursday. "Not all of it. We have some great reporters. I have tremendous respect. Much of the media is not honest. So I can't tell you about the election. You have a Democrat party and you have a large portion of the media automatically giving the guy a pass. He's been given a pass whether or not he's going to be the nominee. I have no idea. But he's getting a pass and the media isn't covering the great job that we've done."

"If we had an honest press, this country would be even greater," Trump said as he ended the briefing.

REPORTER: Looking forward to November, to the election, given the risks of the flu and the coronavirus. That could be a problem. Do you think that it is a risk that there will be some -- there will be lack of agreement like legitimacies of the results in a very close election and people start saying well, a whole bunch of people couldn't go and vote?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I can't tell you what's going to happen in an election. Great question. I can tell you what's going to happen. We have a sleepy guy in the basement of the house that the press is giving a free pass to who doesn't want to do debates because of COVID, and lots of things are happening, right? And I watched a couple of interviews and I say oh, I look forward to this, but they're keeping him sheltered because of the coronavirus. And he is not moving around. He is not moving too much. And then I watch what the press does to the Republican party, and to me in particular. We had the greatest economy ever put together...

Gavin Newsom thanked us, California, thanked us for getting him all the things he needed to keep going and doing a good job. We got it to him today. Tomorrow we got him even more. It would have been harder for him to get it that us. We agreed to get it. On time. He said promises made, promises kept. He actually said that in a statement today. We've gotten very little credit because of the media. The media is not an honest media, much of it. Not all of it. We have some great reporters. I have tremendous respect. Much of the media is not honest. So I can't tell you about the election. You have a Democrat party and you have a large portion of the media automatically giving the guy a pass. He's been given a pass whether or not he's going to be the nominee. I have no idea. But he's getting a pass and the media isn't covering the great job that we've done...

I can't till what's happening with the election. I think had we not gone through a fake Russia, Russia, Russia deal, impeachment hoax. from the day I got elected. You know, it wasn't the day, it was many months before I got elected, this has been a witch hunt that was illegal. It was an illegal witch hunt. It was illegal and with all of that, I'm doing fine. because the people see we're doing a great job. You know what, we'll continue to do a great job.

If we had an honest press, this country would be even greater.



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