Former President Donald Trump slammed Democrat President Joe Biden’s much-criticized press conference on Thursday, saying that the entire ordeal was “ridiculous.”
“Well, they were strange questions, and they were asked in a very interesting way,” Trump said during an interview on Fox News. “It was like softballs, like you are throwing softballs up, and it’s just a different world. Nobody has seen anything like it. You know it. You know it better than anybody. You cover it so well. And it’s very sad to watch, actually, they are feeding him questions. They are easy questions. I noticed Peter Doocy didn’t get to ask a question today.”
Biden appeared to call on preselected reporters, who were overwhelmingly friendly, from a sheet that he used at the podium. Fox News reporter Peter Doocy was not called on and neither were other conservative publications.
“And there could be no difficult questions. And they were ready to rip the microphone away if somebody did get a little bit testy,” Trump added. “You know, he just, look, the whole thing is ridiculous. You know it, and so do I.”
Later during the interview, Ingraham asked Trump about the Biden administration’s meeting this month with communist Chinese officials, which earned the administration intense criticism after China walked onto U.S. soil and repeatedly denigrated the U.S.
“China ends up delivering this major rebuke to the United States, to our faces, essentially saying that we have no standing to lecture them because of our own issues of racism that have been perpetually parroted by Democrats,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham said. “Did the Chinese ever lecture you or your people about America’s racism problem?”
“We never had anything like that happen. That was an embarrassment. It was an absolute embarrassment to our country,” Trump responded. “I could not believe it. I couldn’t believe the meeting. Even the location. So many different elements of what took place when they started and they went on and on and on.”
Trump said the U.S. should have walked out of the meeting with the Chinese leaders because of how they were acting.
“Nobody ever talked to my group that way. Nobody ever talked to me that way. I can tell you that,” Trump said. “And if they did, I would have doubled up the tariffs, which frankly, were something we probably should have done anyway.”
Biden has widely been criticized over China-related matters for repeated remarks that he has made downplaying the seriousness of the threat that China poses to the U.S. Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe warned that some of the positions that Biden had taken with respect to China “are not supported by our current intelligence” and that he was “concerned” by the actions that he saw Biden making. Other former officials have expressed worry that Biden’s agenda communicates to the world that he will be a pushover.