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Trump, Biden hold call on virus response

2020-04-07 HKT 05:22
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  • Details of the call between Joe Biden and the president were not immediately available. Photo: Reuters
    Details of the call between Joe Biden and the president were not immediately available. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump spoke to likely Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday about the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, according to two people familiar with the phone call.

Biden, the front-runner for his party's nomination to face Trump in the November 3 election, volunteered to speak to Trump after offering criticism of the president's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Trump accepted that offer last week and earlier on Monday posted on Twitter, "what ever happened to that phone call he told the Fake News he wanted to make to me?"

Biden replied, "Happy to discuss anytime."

The full contents of the call were not immediately available.

Earlier on Monday, Democratic Governor Tony Evers moved to postpone Wisconsin's primary election from Tuesday until June 9, citing health risks from the coronavirus pandemic, but Republicans said they would challenge the order in the state Supreme Court.

The late postponement came after the Republican-controlled legislature rejected Evers' call last week to cancel in-person voting on Tuesday and extend the time to return absentee ballots into late May.

"Absent legislative or court action, I cannot in good conscience stand by and do nothing. The bottom line is that I have an obligation to keep people safe, and that’s why I signed this executive order today," Evers said in a statement. (Reuters)