Mr. Trump also returned to some of his favorite grievances, mocking the media and complaining that he is not treated fairly.
During an Oval Office event earlier in the day announcing a peace deal between Israel and Sudan, with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on the phone, the president asked Mr. Netanyahu if he thought “Sleepy Joe” could have accomplished such a deal. Mr. Netanyahu paused before saying his country welcomes help from any American, moving cautiously so as not to risk insulting Mr. Biden.
The dueling campaign events came one day after the two men met on the debate stage for the second and final time in a clash that was on the whole more restrained than their chaotic debate three weeks ago.
Aiming to build momentum, both candidates have campaign stops scheduled for the weekend in key battleground states, with Mr. Biden heading to two counties in Pennsylvania on Saturday, and Mr. Trump holding a flurry of rallies in North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin and New Hampshire over the weekend.
At his own event, Mr. Biden, lobbed familiar barbs at Mr. Trump regarding the coronavirus, but also articulated the values underpinning the central argument of his campaign. In a particularly pointed moment, he vowed not to “let four years of Donald Trump rob us of the most fundamental American qualities: our hope in the future and our faith in ourselves.”
And in a clear departure from Mr. Trump, who reiterated at his rally that the country was “rounding the corner” on the pandemic, Mr. Biden laid out the immediate steps he would take to rein in the coronavirus if elected.
They included reaching out to every governor, as well as mayors and local officials, during the transition period, to “find out what support they need and how much of it they need.” He said he would ask Congress to put a bill on his desk by the end of January outlining the resources needed for the country’s public health and economic response to the virus.