“I would shut it down; I would listen to the scientists,” Biden responded when asked by ABC’s World News Tonight anchor David Muir if he would shut down the country if experts proposed the measure.
The decision made this spring to close businesses, schools and churches to fight the spread of the coronavirus has damaged the daily lives of Americans on a massive scale. President Trump has been pushing for schools, churches and businesses to reopen to get the economy moving again.
In the ABC News interview, Biden also slammed the Trump administration's “fatal flaw” in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic that has infected to 5.6 million Americans and killed over 175,000 people.
“I will be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives because we cannot get the country moving, until we control the virus,” Biden told Muir. “That is the fundamental flaw of this administration's thinking to begin with. In order to keep the country running and moving and the economy growing, and people employed, you have to fix the virus, you have to deal with the virus.”
“The economy has taken off like a rocket ship, yet Biden is critical of job losses inflicted by the Covid lockdown. But now he says he’d shut the country down again for the virus. Under Biden, the economy would collapse and cause its own health problems.”
Wrote on twitter Tim Murtaugh, Director of Communications for President Trump´s 2020 re-election campaign.
In his last speech during the DNC, Biden said that attacking the coronavirus would be his first task if elected.
"As president, the first step I will take will be to get control of the virus that's ruined so many lives," Biden said. "Because I understand something this president doesn't. We will never get our economy back on track, we will never get our kids safely back to school, we will never have our lives back, until we deal with this virus."
The White House came out to respond to the Democratic presidential candidate.
"It’s a confounding display of the intersection of arrogance and ignorance because he doesn’t know what we’ve done on COVID-19," White House aide Kellyanne Conway told "The Daily Briefing” on Friday morning.
"Firstly, when he said it’s your patriotic duty to wear a mask, he sounds like President Trump, who said it’s your patriotic duty to wear a mask and tweeted out a picture of him wearing a mask and basically said, 'I'm wearing a mask, you wear a mask."