White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows listens as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally as he campaigns in Gastonia, North Carolina, on Oct. 21, 2020.
With COVID-19 cases surging in the United States, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows acknowledged that the Trump administration can't stop the spread of the virus.
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, Meadows said, "We're not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics."
When pressed why the U.S. won't get control of the situation, he said, "Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu."
Meadows' remarks appeared to contradict President Donald Trump's assessment that the U.S. is "rounding the corner" when it comes to COVID-19.
Meadows said the administration is making efforts to contain the virus and predicts they are going to defeat it.
In response, Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden accused Trump of giving up in the fight against the coronavirus as the country recorded 83,718 new cases on Saturday, the second-highest daily tally, according to data by Johns Hopkins University.
The former vice president said, "It was a candid acknowledgement of what President Trump's strategy has clearly been from the beginning of this crisis: to wave the white flag of defeat and hope that by ignoring it, the virus would simply go away."
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