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Joe Biden offers to call President Trump to discuss COVID-19 response: report

The former vice president's offer comes after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway suggested he 'offer some support' rather than just criticizing from 'his bunker'

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Democratic presidential front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly offered to call President Donald Trump to discuss the federal government's strategy in fighting the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report.

What are the details?

Fox News published an exclusive story Wednesday reporting that Biden offered to reach out to the commander in chief after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway suggested Biden offer some help rather than simply criticizing President Trump's response from the safety of "his bunker" at home.

"I think it's really disappointing to have President Obama's number two, who apparently doesn't talk much to him, out there, criticizing, instead of saying, 'Hey, here is what we did that we thought was effective," Conway told "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning.

"Why doesn't Vice President Biden call the White House today and offer some support?" Conway challenged. "I have to tell you we're not talking about politics here at the White House at all. We're talking about ventilators and vaccines, not Biden and Bernie. There's really no time for that, but it's very disappointing when you see the criticism."

Hours later, Fox News released its report that Biden is willing to take Conway up on her suggestion.

Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager, told the outlet, "Vice President Biden has been extending his advice for months, and he did so again on the air last night. As he has said repeatedly, Donald Trump is not accountable for coronavirus itself — but he is accountable for the federal government's slow and chaotic response to this outbreak."

Bedingfield then went on to criticize President Trump, saying, "Unfortunately, Trump spent months after the virus was discovered disregarding repeated warnings from his scientific and intelligence experts, and downplaying the threat of this outbreak to the American people."

She added, "He could have heeded Vice President Biden's public advice not to take China's word as they misled the world about their efforts to stop the spread."

Biden continued to criticize President Trump's response to COVID-19 with tweets throughout the day on Wednesday. The White House has not yet responded to Biden's reported offer.

Editor's note: The original version of this story misspelled the name of Kellyanne Conway. TheBlaze regrets the error.

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