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Joe Biden condemns President Donald Trump’s trip to Arizona

Jun 23, 2020, 6:15 AM | Updated: 7:22 am
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PHOENIX — Former Vice President Joe Biden has condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to visit Arizona on Tuesday amid a surge of coronavirus cases in the state.

In an email to KTAR News 92.3 FM, the Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement that Trump’s priorities are misguided amid the public health crisis.

” … Instead of doing the hard work needed to solve the public health and economic crises facing America, Donald Trump remains focused on his expensive, ineffective and wasteful ‘wall’ on our Southern Border,” Biden said.

Trump is scheduled to start his trip in Yuma for a border wall briefing and border security roundtable discussion before speaking in north Phoenix at 3:40 p.m. at the Students for Trump Convention at Dream City Church (13613 N. Cave Creek Road).

Biden also criticized the president’s planned political event as “reckless and irresponsible,” claiming its intent is to distract voters.

“Make no mistake: this visit is a distraction,” he said.

“It’s a distraction from Donald Trump’s failed response to combat the spread of COVID-19. It’s a distraction from his failure to get Americans — including many in Arizona — the testing we need. It’s a distraction from his inability to offer a concrete, effective reopening plan that’s rooted in science and public health.”

In an effort to turn Arizona blue in the November general election, the Biden campaign expanded its presence in the Grand Canyon State last week by hiring Andrew Piatt as Arizona senior adviser and Jessica Mejía as state director.

In May, a poll conducted by OH Predictive Insights showed Biden to have a comfortable 50% to 43% lead over Trump among Arizona likely voters.

Trump’s last visit to Arizona was on May 5. During the trip, he spent the day in Phoenix touring a Honeywell facility and discussing Native American issues.

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President Donald Trump speaks at the Students for Trump conference at Dream City Church, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) President Donald Trump speaks at the Students for Trump conference at Dream City Church, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) A protester argues with a Trump supporter outside Dream City Church Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix as President Donald Trump was speaking to young Republicans inside the church. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix police use crowd dispersement tactics on protesters gathered outside Dream City Church Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix as President Donald Trump was speaking to young Republicans inside the church. The police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly and dispersed the protestors.(AP Photo/Matt York) Supporters of President Donald Trump applaud as he speaks at the Students for Trump conference at Dream City Church, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) President Donald Trump, right, gets a smile from U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. David Leikwold, left, and Col. David Suggs, second from left, commanding officer at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, upon Trump's arrival Tuesday, June 23, 2020 on Air Force One. (Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun via AP) Protesters leave after Phoenix Police used crowd dispersement tactics outside Dream City Church Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix as President Donald Trump was speaking to young Republicans inside the church. The police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly and dispersed the protestors.(AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Police pick up casings and canisters after using crowd dispersement tactics on protesters gathered outside Dream City Church Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix as President Donald Trump was speaking to young Republicans inside the church. The police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly and dispersed the protestors.(AP Photo/Matt York) Protesters yell at Phoenix Police outside Dream City Church Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix as President Donald Trump was speaking to young Republicans inside the church. The police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly and dispersed the protestors.(AP Photo/Matt York) Supporters of President Donald Trump listen to him speak at the Students for Trump conference at Dream City Church, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) President Donald Trump speaks at the Students for Trump conference at Dream City Church, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Police clear the street after they used crowd dispersement tactics outside Dream City Church Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix as President Donald  Trump was speaking to young Republicans inside the church. The police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly and dispersed the protestors.(AP Photo/Matt York) 
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