Donald Trump said he spoke to Joe Biden, his likely general election foe, about the federal coronavirus response as he touted a new deal with a private-sector firm to make 55.5m protective face masks a month on a day when US stock markets rebounded from a virus-triggered drop.
The president called their 15-minute conversation "warm" and "wonderful," saying the likely future foes "talked about pretty much this," meaning the Covid-19 outbreak.
"He gave me his point of view, and I understood that," Mr Trump said during his nightly virus press conference. "And it was really good. Really nice. I appreciate his calling."