The first 2020 presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden brought a lot of shouting, tense exchanges and insults. Amid that, their answers to moderator Chris Wallace’s questions included some truths, misleading statements and flat-out falsehoods.
On the coronavirus pandemic
When the coronavirus came up, Biden accused Trump of not having a plan. Trump noted that even Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, had said his approach had saved thousands of lives.
That is true. On July 31, Fauci told a House panel that Trump’s actions early in the pandemic, like travel restrictions, did save lives. But many other experts have faulted Trump for his administration’s failure to develop a national testing strategy and for the president’s mixed messages on the virus’ severity.