JOE Biden pulled no punches during his first press conference since March as he slammed Trump for abandoning the coronavirus 'battlefield', and called a reporter a "lying dog face" after a question about his "cognitive decline".

The presumptive Democratic nominee, who will face Trump at the polls in November, appeared before a giant American flag outside a school in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday.

Biden took questions from reporters for the first time since the pandemic hit in March.

He was riled by one reporter who asked the former vice president if he had been tested for cognitive decline.

"You’re a lying dog face," Biden responded, adding that he was "constantly tested", the NY Post reported.

It's not the first time Biden has wheeled out the "dog face" insult, however.

During a campaign event in New Hampshire in February, Biden called a woman a "lying dog-faced pony soldier", which drew laughter from the crowd.

The phrase is from a John Wayne movie, his campaign pointed out, and was meant as a joke.

Biden also slammed the president for his coronavirus response.

Outlining the grim ongoing coronavirus situation in the US, Biden said Trump was failing to act, and chastised him for "rejecting science" and "hoping for the best".

"Month after month, as leaders in other countries took the necessary steps to get the virus under control, Donald Trump failed us," Biden said.

"It’s almost July and it seems our wartime president has surrendered, waved the white flag and abandoned the battlefield," Biden said.

“We don’t need a cheerleader, Mr. President. We need a president, Mr. President,” he added.

"All you gotta do is watch me and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against," he added.

"He talks about cognitive capability. He doesn’t seem to be cognitively aware of what’s going on. He either reads and/or gets briefed on important issues and he forgets it or he doesn’t think it’s necessary that he needs to know it,” Biden continued.

It's not the first time Biden has wheeled out the "dog face" insult, however.

During a campaign event in New Hampshire in February, Biden called a woman a "lying dog-faced pony soldier", which drew laughter from the crowd.

The phrase is from a John Wayne movie, his campaign pointed out, and was meant as a joke.

During the conference, Biden also argued that to overcome Covid-19 America needs to unite, but Trump "gives no direction, and he pits us against one another."

"We can't continue like this," the former vice-president said.

"Mr President, the crisis is real," he continued, taking aim at Trump.

"And it's surging, Mr President. Your promises and predictions and wishful thinking, pulled out of thin air.

"Not only are you doing the country no good, you are making them lose even more faith in their government."

The presumptive Democratic nominee claimed the Trump administration lacks a long-term plan for handling coronavirus.

"America knows this crisis isn't behind us, even if you don't. They see what is happening even if you refuse to, Mr President. We need a coordinated national plan."

"We don't need a cheerleader, we need a president, Mr President," Biden implored Trump.

"Take responsibility instead of always blaming others. Mr President, this is not about you."

Biden slammed Trump for his "midnight rantings and tweets" and for "turning wearing a mask into a political statement".

In a plan Biden laid out for how he will handle the pandemic if he becomes president, the former vice-president says he will ask Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, to work for him.

"Dr. Fauci will have full access to the Oval Office and an uncensored platform to speak directly to the American people — whether delivering good news or bad,” the plan said.

Biden called for a national, co-ordinated plan that includes increasing testing across the nation, followed by rigorous contact tracing, and quarantine for those who have been exposed.

Biden is set to release a "scorecard" document on social media Tuesday, detailing his critique of Trump's handling of COVID-19, The Washington Post reported.

The document will identify different areas where Biden's campaign believes Trump did not take enough action against the virus.

This includes things like not providing enough testing and treatment, not providing enough protective gear, and not protecting workers.

COVID-19 cases have spiked across the US in recent weeks, causing several states to go back into lockdown.

As of Tuesday, the US has confirmed more than 2.6million cases of COVID-19, and more than 129,000 Americans have died.

Biden has been long-critical of Trump's handling of the pandemic.

During a Pennsylvania speech last Thursday, Biden called Trump a "whining child" as he slammed his coronavirus response.

“He’s like a child who can’t believe this has happened to him,” Biden raged.

“All his whining and self-pity."

"Well this pandemic didn’t happen to him. It happened to all of us. And his job isn’t to whine about it, his job is to do something about it, to lead," he added.

Trump's actions against the coronavirus included a travel ban from China, and then Europe weeks later in the early days before outbreaks surged across the US.

The president has likened higher case numbers in the US to increased testing.

Late last month, Trump called it a "badge of honor" that America had the most confirmed cases in the world.

"It’s a great tribute to the testing and all of the work that a lot of professionals have done," Trump said.

"If you’re testing 14 million people, you’re going to find many more cases," he added.

He continued: "So when we have a lot of cases, I don't look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better.”

Biden previously said he would make it mandatory to wear face masks in public – a polar approach to Trump.

Trump mocked Biden for wearing a face mask on Veteran's Day, and suggested he only did so to be "politically correct."

At recent rallies, the president's campaign has said they would provide masks – but they would not be mandatory.

Trump has also been pictured without a face mask at press conferences and during his travels in recent weeks.


Recent polls from The New York Times and Siena college have shown Biden in a lead against Trump.

One survey on a variety of Biden and the president on a number different issues, however, found Trump held favor with Americans in the economy.

With four months to the election, Trump could still polls – as he did in the 2016 against Hillary Clinton – and pull a win in the election.

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