Joe Biden and President Donald Trump discuss Covid-19 in first debate

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden face off in the first presidential debate Tuesday night, hosted by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

Biden swiped at Trump over the president’s early handling of the coronavirus, alleging that the administration started to inform the public of the disease’s severity only when it hit the stock market.

“Do you believe for a moment what he’s telling you in light of all the lies he’s told you about the whole issue relating to Covid?” Biden asked. “He still hasn’t even acknowledged that he knew this was happening — knew how dangerous it would be back in February — and he didn’t even tell you.”

“He panicked, or just looked at the stock market, one of the two,” Biden added. “Because guess what? A lot of people died and a lot more are going to die unless he gets a lot smarter or a lot quicker.”

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