The Associated Press reports President Donald Trump is defending his administration's response to the coronavirus and his confrontational style of name-calling political opponents during a stop in the childhood home of the man who is poised to be the Democrat he may be facing in the fall election.

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The Republican president was in Scranton, Pennsylvania March 5, which is Democrat former Vice President Joe Biden’s hometown.

Trump fielded questions from the public in his first TV town hall of the 2020 election cycle. Trump regularly calls his top Democratic presidential opponents “Sleepy Joe" and “Crazy Bernie." Asked whether he could deliver his message without the controversial rhetoric, the president replied: “When they hit us, we have to hit back ... You can't turn your cheek.”