During his first official re-election campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday night, President Donald Trump made a promise to promote advances in medicine, and promised that if he’s sent back to Washington his administration will find a cure for cancer.
“We will push onward with new medical frontiers. We will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases — including cancer and others and we’re getting closer all the time,” Trump told rally-goers earlier this week, per reporting from The Daily Beast.
Finding a cure for cancer has become an important aspect for this campaign, for both sides of the political aisle. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running to be the Democratic nominee for president, has also vowed to find a cure for cancer, Fox News reported last week.
“I promise you if I’m elected president, you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer,” Biden said.
But while both men might be commended for making the lofty goal of eradicating the world of cancer, one campaign actually ridiculed the other for trying to do so.
Donald Trump Jr., the current president’s son, chided Biden at the very same rally that his father made the promise to cure cancer at, taking note of the former vice president’s comments that were made last week.
Here's Donald Trump Jr mocking Joe Biden last night for vowing to try to cure cancer … followed by President Trump promising hours later, at the same rally, to cure cancer, AIDS, and "lay the foundation" for a Mars landing — all in his second term pic.twitter.com/VjU5E5A4N1
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 19, 2019
“Joe Biden comes out, ‘Well, if you elect me president, I’m going to cure cancer.’ Wow, why the hell didn’t you do that over the last 50 years, Joe?” Trump Jr. said, per reporting from MSNBC.
For Biden, the search for a cure the disease is deeply personal: his son, Beau Biden, died in 2015 of brain cancer. After leaving office in 2017, the former vice president founded the Biden Cancer Initiative. Biden, along with his wife Dr. Jill Biden, resigned as co-chairs of the organization following his announced run for president, CNN reported.