President Donald Trump criticized his Democratic presidential rival, Joe Biden, on Tuesday for failing to enforce a national mask mandate — but Biden, as a candidate, has no authority to do so.
Trump leveled the attack after being asked by a voter during an ABC News town hall why he had not supported the implementation of a universal mask-wearing.
“A good question is, you ask, like Joe Biden. They said, ‘We’re going to do a national mandate on masks,'” Trump said Tuesday evening. “But he didn’t do it, I mean, he never did it.”
Trump was referring to a policy promise that Biden made last month as part of his plan to fight the pandemic if elected.
Biden reacted to Trump’s statements on Tuesday evening, tweeting: “To be clear: I am not currently president.”
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 16, 2020
Biden also reminded Trump that he’s not the president during a press conference Wednesday.
“Well, first I found it fascinating the president said, ‘Biden didn’t put in a mask mandate.’ I’m not the president,” Biden leaned into the microphone and whispered.