Former Vice President Joe Biden hammered President Trump for having a bunker mentality during public remarks Friday, after the president confirmed he went to the secure facility deep below the White House during protests last week.
'It's time for him to step out of his own bunker and look at the consequences of his words and his actions,' Biden said, slamming the president during remarks at a historically black university in Dover, Delaware.
'Let's be clear. A president who takes no responsibility for costing millions and millions of Americans their jobs, deserves no credit when a fraction return,' said Biden, who also blasted Trump for 'spiking the ball' with the release of a monthly jobs report Friday showing an unexpected drop in unemployment.
'It's time for him to step out of his own bunker and look at the consequences of his words and his actions,' Joe Biden said of President Trump Friday
He also teed off on Trump for an odd comment Trump made in the White House Rose Garden earlier Friday, then he said George Floyd was 'looking down' saying 'this is a great day.'
Floyd died while being arrested in Minneapolis with a police officer's knee on his neck, setting off nationwide and global protests.
'Toward the end of his remarks President Trump said he hopes that quote George Floyd is looking down and seeing his as a great day for our country,' Biden said at Delaware State University, having ventured out of his own home in Wilmington for the event.
Biden ventured out of his own home to speak in Dover, Delaware
Trump said it was a 'great day' for George Floyd, who died while getting arrested
The president also repeated his call to 'dominate the streets'
WHAT TRUMP SAID ABOUT GEORGE FLOYD
Equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race, color, gender or creed, they have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement. They have to receive it. We all saw what happened last week. We can’t let that happen.
Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying ‘this is a great thing that is happening for our country. It’s a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of quality. It’s really what our constitution requires and what our country is all about. It really is what our Constitution requires.
I want to finish by saying to save the economy we passed critical legislation, totaling trillions of dollars, meaning three. We are set up to do more. I think we should because we are dominant. For many years, as a bystander, but somebody that has loved government, somebody who loves this country, I would watch and study and see, you know, naturally study by watching.
'He was speaking of a man who was brutally killed by an act of needless violence and by a larger tide of injustice that has metastasized on this president's watch – as he's moved to split us based on race, religion and ethnicity.'
'George Floyd's last words– 'I can't breathe. I can't breathe' – have echoed all across this nation, quite frankly around the world,' Biden said.
'For the president to try to put any other words in the mouth of George Floyd, I frankly think is despicable,' Biden continued. 'And the fact that he did so on the day that black unemployment rose, Hispanic unemployment rose, black youth unemployment skyrocketed, tells you everything you need to know about this man and what he really cares about.'
Biden repeatedly slammed Trump's economic message, after Trump boasted that 'the numbers are great and this leads us onto a long period of growth,' and claimed, 'We'll go back to having the greatest economy in the world.'
Donald Trump still doesn't get it,' countered Biden.
'He's out there spiking the ball completely oblivious to the tens of millions of people who are facing the greatest struggle of their lives. These folks aren't feeling any less pain today than they were yesterday,' he said.
He also accused Trump of deliberately stoking divisions.
''He was speaking of a man who was brutally killed by an act of needless violence and by a larger tide of injustice that has metastasized on this president's watch – as he's moved to split us based on race, religion and ethnicity.' Biden said.
The clash comes as the two men are set to square off in November over the economy and Trump's response to the coronavirus. Trump again claimed as many as 2.5 million U.S. deaths may have occurred if it weren't for his actions. Biden cited a study that about 50,000 U.S. lives might have been saved if the U.S. instituted a lockdown a week earlier.
Te current U.S. death count stands at about 110,000.
Trump this week said he was only conducting an 'inspection' of the bunker, following reports that Secret Service rushed him there amid angry street protests outside the White House.
Authorities have since surrounded the White House with tall steel fencing.