Trump campaign official suggests Biden not contracting COVID-19 is a weakness

During a segment on Fox News on Monday, Trump campaign communications director Erin Perrine said President Trump battling coronavirus is among a set of attributes that former Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t have.

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- So is that something we should expect with a best-case scenario, the president leaves the hospital today, gets back out on the campaign trail? Will we see changed messaging when it comes to the coronavirus? And will it move more to a forefront of the president's messagings and key issues?

ERIN PERINNE: Well, firsthand experience is always going to change how someone relates to something. That's been happening. The president has coronavirus right now. He is battling it head on, as toughly as only President Trump can. And listen, of course that's going to change the way that he speaks of it. Because it'll be a firsthand experience. But, you know, that experience, that experience of not only coronavirus, but being president of the United States, that's why you just see a different tone overall from him.

- But it's been law and order--


ERIN PERINNE: He has firsthand experience of--

- Sorry--


It's law and order. And it's been the economy. Does this become a key issue for your campaign?

ERIN PERINNE: And he's talked about coronavirus as well. He's talked about it all. And listen, he has experience as commander in chief. He has experience as a businessman. He has experience now of fighting the coronavirus as an individual. Those firsthand experiences, Joe Biden, he doesn't have those.