In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the former vice president said Trump’s comments to Woodward in a series of 18 interviews for the journalist’s upcoming book “Rage” were “no surprise”.
“You are wondering why people in the intelligence community wondered from the start if you could share data with him because they don’t trust him. They don’t trust what he will say or do,” Biden said. “He doesn’t seem to have any idea what national security is, no idea of anything other than what he can do to promote himself?”
“This is the guy who said the way to deal with hurricanes is to drop an atom bomb on them. I mean – seriously, he said it!” Said Biden. “I mean, God. Or you know, the problem with the Revolutionary War was that they didn’t have enough airports. I mean, just me – it’s beyond my understanding.”
“They are heroes. They really are heroes. Duty, honor, country,” said Biden. “He talks about whether you can repeat four words in a row or whatever his little IQ test or dementia test was, he doesn’t understand duty, honor, service, country. He doesn’t understand. Or if he gets it, he gets it doesn’t care. “
He added, “Regardless of my career, he shouldn’t be the commander in chief of the US military. It’s just that no commander in chief has ever, never, never acted like this man.”
Biden on taxes, trade
The interview took place on the day Biden visited Macomb County, a major swing region in Michigan. Trump won Macomb County by 12 percentage points in 2016, becoming the first Republican to win the county since 1988. It’s representative of the kind of territory Barack Obama won twice, then Trump four years ago that Biden wants to return to in the November 3rd Democratic column.
When asked if Trump could win victories – renegotiating the North American free trade agreement and ending trade benefits for China – Biden had missed, the former vice president admitted that Trump’s renegotiated US-Mexico-Canada deal was “better than NAFTA” be.
“But look what all trade policy itself has done with NAFTA. We now have this gigantic trade deficit with Mexico. Not because NAFTA was not made better, because all of trade policy and how it deals with it has made things worse “said Biden said.
Biden also pointed to his role in the Obama administration’s economic recovery effort in 2009, citing bailing out the auto industry. And he complained that Trump failed to enforce the “Buy America” laws.
Biden criticized Trump’s dealings with countries like North Korea and Iran, saying he gave them credibility.
“I mean, this ‘America First’ made America alone,” he said.
He also criticized the tax cuts by Trump and a then Republican-led Congress. Biden also said he would raise taxes for those who earn more than $ 400,000 a year, raise corporate taxes to 28%, and impose new penalties on companies that send jobs overseas to manufacture goods that are then repurchased to the US become.
“We have to get people to invest. And so, the idea that we’re going to put that money into new investment, manufacturing and education, and healthcare, I mean, you know, these are things that are important to middle-class families . “Said Biden.
77-year-old Biden said he would not hide anything about his health if he were elected president.
Past presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, have not disclosed any health issues.
Trump was surprisingly at the Walter Reed Army’s medical center last year. Trump had undergone a “quick check-up and labs” as part of his annual physical exam in anticipation of a “very busy 2020,” the White House reported on the trip.
In a new book, however, Michael Schmidt of the New York Times writes that “in the hours leading up to Trump’s trip to the hospital, he learned that there was a message in the west wing that the Vice President should be ready to take the helm.” the powers of the presidency temporarily if Trump were to undergo a procedure that would require him to be anesthetized. ”
Trump and his doctor claimed, according to Schmidt’s reporting, that an ambiguous trip to Walter Reed last year was not due to a mini-stroke – although neither Schmidt nor other news outlets had indicated that Trump had suffered a mini-stroke.
“Anything can happen. I’ve become a great respect for fate – a great respect for fate. I’ve seen too much of it in my family in connection with accidents alone. And so I guarantee you, I guarantee you I will to do.” Be completely transparent about my health and all aspects of my health, “Biden said.
“And when it comes to Donald Trump versus me, just look at us. OK? Just look at us. Who seems to be in shape? Who can move?” Said Biden and laughed at Trump and his allies who called him “Slow Joe”.
“Donald Trump – look at us both, watch us and see if you think I am misleading anyone. Not you personally, but the public,” Biden said. “You know, look at me. Judge me by that – I know what the job takes. I’ve sat in the Situation Room for hundreds of hours. For eight years I’ve been the vice president of every major decision. I know how difficult the job is. “
He added, “And one more thing I will do, I will take responsibility. I will acknowledge my mistakes when I make them and I will measure myself against the American people.”