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Trump says he takes responsibility over Covid-19 as Biden enjoys large poll lead

  • President refuses to say whether he will accept election result
  • Repeats claim that virus is ‘going to disappear, and I’ll be right’
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Martin Pengelly in New York @MartinPengelly

Sun 19 Jul 2020 12.47 EDTFirst published on Sun 19 Jul 2020 10.09 EDT

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Trump departs the White House on Sunday morning to play golf at his club in Virginia.
 Trump departs the White House on Sunday morning to play golf at his club in Virginia. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by 15% among registered voters nationally and holds a 20-point lead when it comes to who Americans trust to handle the coronavirus pandemic, according to a major poll out on Sunday.

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In the same ABC News/Washington Post poll, Biden led by two points in March and 10 points in May. Now, among respondents who said they will certainly vote in November, Biden leads by 11%.

Fox News also released a poll on Sunday. It put Biden ahead on coronavirus, race relations and the economy and eight points up nationally.

In an interview with Fox News Sunday recorded at the White House on Friday, Trump said “I’m not losing, because those are fake polls” and refused to say if he would accept the result if Biden won in November.Advertisement

“I have to see,” Trump said. “I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.”

On Saturday, the New York Times and Washington Post reported that the White House is seeking to block funding for coronavirus testing and tracing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and state and Pentagon efforts to tackle Covid-19 abroad.

Biden director of rapid response Andrew Bates said: “Trump is turning his back on his most important responsibility to the American people because in the words of his own advisers, he ‘doesn’t want to be distracted by’ the worst public health crisis in 100 years. This is absolutely unconscionable.”

Trump told Fox News Sunday he took “responsibility always for everything” regarding the pandemic.

But he also said he might veto the next stimulus package designed to help unemployed Americans and small business if it did not include a payroll tax cut. As that would dramatically affect social security and other vital

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