Biden doubts Democratic convention can happen in July

Biden: Dem Convention Should Be Postponed

The call for the delay by Biden, the current frontrunner in the Democratic contest to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the November presidential election, is the latest sign the coronavirus outbreak is having a profound impact on the presidential race and will continue to do so in the coming months.

The Biden campaign said the candidate is prepared to make the call.

"Oh absolutely, I'd love to speak with him", the president said.

"This is the bottom line: President Trump is leading the nation in this war against the coronavirus, and Joe Biden, the Democrats and the media have chose to be the opposition in that war", Tim Murtaugh, the campaign's director of communications, said in a phone conversation with surrogates, according to the source.

"Our teams will be in touch and we will arrange a call", said Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager, in a statement Wednesday evening. "I think it's going to have to move into August".

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That's after airlines have been forced to mothball their fleets due to a drop in passenger demand and border restrictions. On Monday, airline EasyJet grounded all of its 330 planes, without specifying a date of return.

Biden had been offering advice and warnings to Trump about the coronavirus in media interviews and appearances for months.

"Remember that the Senate vote to acquit President Trump after the impeachment by the House didn't occur until near the end of the first week of February", Murtaugh said. According to the former vice president, President Trump should have taken steps sooner to keep the virus from spreading.

He also said it would be "wise" for Mr Trump to speak with former President Barack Obama, whose administration oversaw the response to the 2014 ebola outbreak. "There's really no time for that, but it's very disappointing when you see the criticism".

"Donald Trump is not accountable for coronavirus itself - but he is accountable for the federal government's slow and chaotic response to this outbreak", Ms Bedingfield said.

"I think the critics and the naysayers seem so much more small and so much more small and unhelpful and petty than they ever have", she said.

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