Harris took aim at Trump's coronavirus response in a speech Thursday ahead of the closing night speech at the RNC.
"Trump still doesn't have a plan. Joe Biden released his first plan in March."
Harris said Trump was more fixated on the health of the stock market than on Americans' health. "He was convinced that if his administration focused on this virus, it would hurt the market and hurt his chances of being reelected. That mattered to him more than saving American lives."
KAMALA HARRIS: It's his obligation to protect us, and yet he has failed miserably. Here's the thing. Donald Trump's incompetence is nothing new. That has always been on full display. But in January of this year, it became deadly. That's when the threat of a virus that would endanger the world first emerged. Trump still doesn't have a plan. He still doesn't have a plan. Joe Biden released his first plan in March.
And here's what you have to understand about the nature of a pandemic. It's relentless. You can't stop it with a tweet. You can't create a distraction and hope it'll go away. It doesn't go away. And here's why Trump has been so unwilling and unable to deal with this crisis.
First, he was fixated on the stock market over fixing the problem. He was convinced that if his administration focused on this virus, it would hurt the market and hurt his chances of being re-elected. That mattered to him more than saving American lives.
Second, right at the moment that we needed Donald Trump to be tough on the Chinese government, he caved. Instead of rising to meet the most difficult moment of his presidency, Donald Trump froze. He was scared, and he was petty and vindictive.
On a call with governors across the country on March 16, he told them it wasn't his job to get personal protective equipment to frontline workers. He said, quote, "Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment, try getting it yourselves," unquote. On that day, we had about 5,000 cases as a nation. Today, we have nearly 6 million.