PRESIDENT Trump said he had a "really wonderful, warm conversation" about the coronavirus outbreak with rival Joe Biden today.
The president said he and Biden agreed not to share the details, but confirmed an earlier statement from the Biden campaign that the Democrat offered "suggestions" about how to deal with the pandemic.
There have been more than 360,000 confirmed cases in the US, and that number continues to rise steadily.
Trump said the "friendly" phone call lasted 15 minutes.
"We talked about this (coronavirus) – it's what everybody's talking about," Trump said.
"He gave me his point of view and I understood that.
“It doesn't mean that I agree with those suggestions."
Trump added that he appreciated the phone call and that "I also told him some of the things we were doing."
Biden's deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said that the former vice president gave Trump some advice and “expressed his appreciation for the spirit of the American people in meeting the challenges facing the nation.”
Biden told NBC's Today show that the White House initially offered a phone call with White House advisor Kellyanne Conway.
"All I can do is offer the President the things that we prepared, not the same exact thing, but give him my view of what the lessons learned and what I think we should be doing," he told NBC.
"And I’m not here to criticize him, I’m here to try to promote more rapid response to the things that have to be acted on.
"But I’m ready to do that.”
The phone call was the culmination of a dayslong effort by aides to get the two on the phone.
Biden, expected to be the Democratic nominee this November, has criticized the Trump administration for acting too slowly during the coronavirus crisis.
He said last week that he would “love” to speak to Trump and wanted to share with him his experiences.
The phone call apparently came hours after Trump mocked Biden about several things, including the former VP's desire to speak with him.
"Joe Biden wanted the date for the Democrat National Convention moved to a later time period," Trump tweeted today.
"Now he wants a 'Virtual' Convention, one where he doesn’t have to show up.
"Gee, I wonder why? Also, what ever happened to that phone call he told the Fake News he wanted to make to me?"
The coronavirus has infected more than 1.3 million people around the world after originating in China several months ago.
Experts fear that up to 200,000 people in the US could die from the virus.
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