President Donald Trump ripped Democratic presidential front runner Joe Biden on Wednesday night during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, suggesting that Biden’s mind was so far gone that he did not even know what he was criticizing when he took a shot at the Trump administration.
“What do you make of these numerous gaffes of Joe Biden?” Hannity asked.
“Well, look, I don’t want to be too critical,” Trump responded. “I just – you know, I’ve never seen anything like it to be honest. And I’m sure that the Democrats are saying the same thing. But they’d rather have him than Bernie.”
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“Any thoughts in your mind why you think Barack Obama has not endorsed his vice president of eight years?” Hannity asked.
“Well, I would say because he didn’t think he could make it,” Trump responded. “He didn’t think he had a shot at it. You know, he’s dealing with people that I didn’t rate the highest on the political scale.”
Trump later responded to Biden taking a shot at the administration for how it has responded to the coronavirus, saying, “And then I watched Biden try and criticize us, but I’m not sure he knows what he’s criticizing, to be honest with you. But I watched him the other day try.”
HANNITY: There are a lot of issues that I see. I know that people are acting perhaps as though it doesn’t exist. I — there — Joe Biden is beyond a gaffe machine. I would argue that the toughest job in the world is your job, to be the president of the United States of America, leading the world.
You need strength. You need stamina. You need focus. You need the ability to react in real-time. What do you make of these numerous gaffes of Joe Biden?
TRUMP: Well, look, I don’t want to be too critical. I just — you know, I’ve never seen anything like it to be honest. And I’m sure that the Democrats are saying the same thing. But they’d rather have him than Bernie. And Bernie just doesn’t make too many gaffes but Bernie’s got his own difficulties.
But the way they push him – you know, look, the media is all on their side. When I say all – all, but a little bit including yourselves and some of the folks on FOX, some of the folks around. You have some great people. You have Rush who’s doing, I hear really well. I hear he’s doing much better.
And Mark Levin, and — you know, I mean we have a lot of support. You’d be amazed. We have a lot of support, the great Lou Dobbs. So many people we have as supporters outside of just, you know, our Fox News, which, you know, I have my own — I have my own little difficulties with, if you want to know the truth.
They put people on that I think are inappropriate and say very, very false things and people don’t challenge them. I think they’re trying to be very politically correct, or fair and balanced, right, is the term — fair and balanced. But I think they hurt themselves, if you want to know the truth.
HANNITY: Any thoughts in your mind why you think Barack Obama has not endorsed his vice president of eight years?
TRUMP: Well, I would say because he didn’t think he could make it. He didn’t think he had a shot at it. You know, he’s dealing with people that I didn’t rate the highest on the political scale.
I know everybody. And I look at — even a party. I know people that are Democrats that are far above what you’re watching. I watched one night. And I looked at the cast of characters. I said, this is — 350 million people. And this is the best we can do? I don’t think so.
I will tell you, I know some Democrats that would blow all of those Democrats away. But they didn’t run. Maybe they just didn’t want to run against me. I’ve heard that. Maybe it’s true and maybe it’s not — makes me feel good. But they didn’t want — they’re going to wait — they’re going to wait for another four years.
But you have some Democrats that are very impressive. This is not a group that I think was very impressive at all.
HANNITY: Mr. President, Joe Biden has a record. He served as vice president for eight years. That record would include the Iranian deal. That record would include how they reacted and responded with the H1N1 virus.
See — I’ll get to that in more detail in a minute. That record would include 13 million more Americans after eight years on food stamps, eight million more in poverty. The lowest labor participation rates since the ‘70s. The worst recovery since the ’40s. The lowest homeownership rate in 51 years.
And that would also include the accumulation of more debt than all 43 presidents before Obama/Biden combined.
HANNITY: — your record. How do you compare?
TRUMP: Well, I think what we’ve done is unprecedented. The largest tax cuts in history. Trade deals all over the place. I mean, they’re — they’re going to start kicking in fairly soon. Unfortunately, by the time we get to the election, they’ll just be partially kicked in.
But the deal with China, $250 billion a year. The deal with Japan — and it’s a partial deal, I’ll go back, and we’re going to make it much bigger even — but it’s $40 billion a year. The deal with South Korea, the U.S./Mexico deal, the U.S./Canada deal — the USMCA combined — one of the biggest trade deals ever made.
The deal with China is actually, you know, right in that same category. It’s an incredible thing what we’ve done. We’ve rebuilt the military. We’ve taken care of our vets.
We got choice. Nobody thought we were going to get choice. They‘ve been trying to get Choice for over 40 years. That’s Veteran’s Choice, where the veteran, if they can’t see a doctor quickly, they go out to a private doctor, we pay the bill. And it’s a great thing for our country. It’s a great thing for our veterans.
We got Accountability so that if our veterans are treated badly, if they’re treated horribly, we have – we had in the VA. We had all sorts of problems — thieves. You couldn’t do a thing, you couldn’t fire anybody.
I got Accountability passed, which was not easy because of Unions, and because of civil service, and you know, all of the reasons that everybody would understand very easily. And we got that passed. They’ve been trying to get that for many, many decades.
Now, what we’ve done is very unprecedented. Nobody has done more in three years, the first three years, than we have.
Now environmentally, we’re — we have the cleanest air. We have the cleanest water. Our air is as clean or cleaner than it’s ever been.
And yet, we’re not spending trillions of dollars, giving it to foreign countries under the Paris Accord, where you see what’s happening with France, and you see the problems they have because of it. And you know, they’re just trying to take our wealth, that whole group.
So a lot of things are happening. Our economy is doing fantastically. We got hit with the coronavirus. And that was out of surprise. I started hearing about it very quietly a couple of months ago from China. And I said, wow, I hope that doesn’t happen over here. They got a little bit more, little bit more, little bit bigger.
And against the advice of a lot of great professionals, frankly, and they worked for the administration and outside — I closed the borders to China. And that’s why we have a very small number of people that we have to really worry about.
Ad you know, a lot of things have happened that have been very fortunate. But I closed the borders, against the advice of a lot of people. And it turned out to be a very wise decision. Otherwise, we would have had, you know, a lot of people coming in during the course of a number of weeks.
We’re doing great job. We have a great group.
Mike Pence is doing a fantastic job. I put him in charge of the group. And we have the greatest doctors in the world.
We’re also helping other countries. We help a lot of other countries. We would even help Iran, if they wanted. They’re hit very hard.
But we’re helping a lot of other countries.
HANNITY: And when — it’s funny you say that, because the H1N1 virus, that was a pandemic in 2009 and ’10, interestingly, in Obama/Biden years.
We lost around 17,000 Americans. The CDC estimates are, we lost 200,000 to 500,000 lives worldwide. In that case, children were more at risk with the H1N1 pandemic.
HANNITY: Dr. Anthony Fauci, who I have watched for years, he is a great scientist.
He’s been very cautious and has said that this could become another pandemic, like we experienced in ’09 and 2010. He said it might be as long as a year before we ultimately get a vaccine.
There are 20 specific vaccines presently in development. You have said that you are evaluating on a daily basis.
For those Americans that might be fearful tonight, to those that might be talking about, well, potential, down the road, we will close down schools, and maybe there will be more telecommuting kind of working situations, what do you say to them, based on, as this develops, what are we prepared as a country to do to keep our citizens safe?
TRUMP: Well, I just say that it’s, you know, a very, very small number in this country. And we’re going to try and keep it that way as much as possible.
I will say, though, the H1N1, that was swine flu, commonly referred to as swine flu. And that went from around April of ’09 to April of ’10, where there were 60 million cases of swine flu.
And over — actually, it’s over 13,000. I think you might have said 17,000. I had heard it was 13,000, but a lot of — a lot of deaths. And they didn’t do anything about it.
Interestingly, with the swine flu, children were — in particular, they were vulnerable, sort of the opposite in that respect. But children were very vulnerable to the swine flu. But they never did close the borders.
I don’t think they ever did have the travel ban. And we did. And, again, they lost at least 13,000. It could be as high as 17,000 people.
TRUMP: And we acted much differently.
And then I watched Biden try and criticize us, but I’m not sure he knows what he’s criticizing, to be honest with you.
But I watched him the other day try. Or I watch Schumer. Every time they put a mic at his face, he has no idea the incredible job these people are doing. He will say, oh, they’re doing a horrible job, horrible job.
Well, he says that because that’s like the auto — he will say it about anything. If you say, how great is the deal with China, oh, I don’t like it, I don’t like it.
He said, he took away tariffs. Well, I didn’t take away the tariffs. They’re paying 25 percent of $250 billion. They pay us a tariff of 25 percent on $250 billion.
But he was screaming, he took away the tariffs. You know, he didn’t want the tariffs. And then, all of a sudden, when he thinks they were taken away — but we didn’t take them away. Just the opposite. It was rather incredible that we didn’t take them away, but that’s the way it is.
And we’re getting along very well with China. We’re dealing with China. President Xi, who I speak with, President Xi is working very, very hard in China. They have a big problem. But their numbers have gotten much better with respect to the coronavirus, very much better.
HANNITY: Are you convinced now it’s Biden’s to lose?
TRUMP: I think so. I just don’t know how he gets there. I don’t know how he gets across the line. Maybe he will. Maybe it’s — who knows.
He was always very gaffe-prone. He was always — he was always in trouble in that way, but never like this. This is going — what’s going on now is crazy.
But I think they will do anything to assume power. And if they think he can do better than Bernie — and I guess they have less control over Bernie — Bernie is more for himself.
But I was surprised, when Bernie got beaten up last time, that he went out and endorsed Hillary and went around and did like a good puppy, like he’s supposed to do. I was a little surprised at that.
And, even this time, he was saying about how wonderful — Joe Biden’s a wonderful guy, wonderful man.
And I’m a little bit surprised by — it’s almost like he’s — I don’t know if he’s admitting defeat. He might be. But I watched him yesterday saying — or just a little while ago saying very good things about sleepy Joe Biden.
TRUMP: And I was a little bit surprised.