Joe Biden suggested Donald Trump “get off Twitter” as he responded to the US President’s flurry of tweets with a withering Gif.
Mr Trump posted more than 40 tweets and retweets on Tuesday evening, in which he publicly played down Covid-19 despite more of his aides – including one of his closest advisers Stephen Miller – testing positive.
He also hit out at “disgraceful” Mr Biden, criticised Hillary Clinton and tweeted that there would be no action before the election on economic-stimulus legislation.
The announcement came shortly after the Federal Reserve chairman said such help was essential for the country’s post-pandemic recovery. Stocks fell after his announcement.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden)
October 7, 2020
Following the flurry of tweets, Mr Biden shared a GIF which showed him saying “get off twitter”. Along with the Gif, he wrote the caption: “Please”.
His response received more than 100,000 likes.
Earlier, Mr Biden told reporters that he and Trump “shouldn’t have a debate” as long as the president remains Covid positive.
The democrat nominee told reporters in Pennsylvania that he was “looking forward to being able to debate him” but said “we’re going to have to follow very strict guidelines.”
Mr Trump returned to the White House on Monday after three days of treatment for Covid-19 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre.
Mr Biden told reporters while boarding a plane to Delaware: “I think if he still has Covid, then we shouldn’t have a debate.” The next debate is scheduled for October 15, with a third due to take place on October 22.
Mr Biden’s campaign says he tested negative for Covid-19 earlier on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, vice president Mike Pence and his Democratic challenger, Kamala Harris, are poised to meet for their own debate on Wednesday. They will offer starkly different visions for a country confronting escalating crises.
The face-off in Salt Lake City is the most highly anticipated vice presidential debate in recent memory.
The debate is a chance for voters to decide whether Mr Pence or Ms Harris are in a position to step into the presidency at a moment’s notice.
The question has become more pressing as the 74-year-old Mr Trump combats the virus. Mr Biden, at 77, would become the oldest person to become president if he is elected.
The vice president is a 61-year-old former Indiana governor and ex-radio host, an evangelical Christian known for his folksy charm and unwavering loyalty to Mr Trump.
Ms Harris is a 55-year-old California senator, the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother. She is also a former prosecutor whose pointed questioning of Mr Trump’s appointees and court nominees and cool charm on the campaign trail made her a Democratic star.