US President Donald Trump defended his response against coronavirus, which has affected over seven million people in the country, as Democratic challenger Joe Biden today said at the first Presidential debate: "Seven million (have) contracted the virus. The President has no plan."
Joe Biden branded Donald Trump a liar and told him to "shut up" as the two clashed in a bad-tempered start to their first televised debate. "The fact is that everything he is saying so far is simply a lie. I'm not here to call out his lies. Everybody knows he's a liar," Biden said.
"How many of you got up this morning and had an empty chair at the kitchen table because someone died of Covid?" Biden asked.
Facing the threat of being made a one-term president, Trump hit back, saying: "It's China's fault, it should have never happened," Trump said, adding that "millions" could have died without his actions.
"When you talk about numbers you don't know how many people died in China, you don't know how many people died in Russia, you don't know how many people died in India," Trump said at the debate in Cleveland.
"They don't exactly give you a straight count," he said.