President Donald Trump’s campaign criticized Joe Biden for his continued use of negative ads despite Biden's promise to take the ads down following the president’s hospitalization.
“Despite pledging to stop his negative advertising, nearly 100 negative Biden ads slandering the president and lying about his record have aired today while the president is at Walter Reed. Meanwhile, Joe Biden has continued to attack the president in his speeches,” Andrew Clark, rapid response director for the Trump 2020 campaign, told Fox News
Clark said that Biden’s campaign had not stopped attacking the president, and although the campaign had promised to take the ads down, “the Biden campaign tried to trick reporters into thinking they’re the ‘good guys’ and score some good headlines and tweets," all the while "[bombarding] the president on the air waves," he said.
Biden said on Friday that he would be taking down the negative ads, but by Saturday they were still running.
T.J. Ducklo, the Biden campaign's press secretary, told Fox News that they took down the negative ads because they felt it was inappropriate to take advantage of the president’s positive testing for the CCP virus
"Vice President Biden and our entire campaign are praying for President Trump and the first lady to make a full recovery as soon as possible,” Ducklo said.
However, Clark alleged on Twitter
that Biden’s campaign made the decision while the president was at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
It is uncertain how long the Biden campaign would take to remove the negative advertisements.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump both tested positive for the CCP virus on Thursday, the president confirmed on Twitter
“Tonight, FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” he wrote.
Various people have gathered to wish the president and the first lady a full recovery, including Biden, who said:
"Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and first lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”