President Donald Trump torched former Vice President Joe Biden over the weekend, calling him “weak” and likely not someone he would fear running against in the 2020 presidential election.
While speaking with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday in a phone interview, Trump spoke about Biden and reports that the former vice president is considering a presidential run.
Trump noted that Biden, like Hillary Clinton, has run for president twice before and lost both times.
“He ran two or three times, he never got above one percent,” Trump said, adding, “And then, Obama came along and took him off the trash heap, and he became a vice president.”
Pirro then asked Trump about the handful of Democrats who have already announced their bid for president in 2020.
“So far, I love the competition, I love what I see,” Trump said, adding that he is “not worried” about any would-be Democrat opponent for the upcoming election.
Trump’s comment about former President Barack Obama taking Biden off the “trash heap” were in reference to the 2008 presidential election.
After Obama secured the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton, he selected Biden to be his running mate.
Biden went on to serve as the vice president from 2008 to 2016, and considered running for president in 2016, but decided not to for various reasons.
Now, he’s reportedly going to announce in a matter of weeks if he will run in 2020, which would be the third time he made a run for the White House.
Beyond that, Biden hasn’t been shy when asked about a possible 2020 run and if he believes he could defeat Trump.
During an event last month in Missoula, Montana, Biden claimed that he’s “the most qualified person in the country to be president.”
“I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,” Biden said. “The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life.”
“No one should run for the job unless they believe that they would be qualified doing the job. I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have — even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right but I know a great deal about it,” he added.
“I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,” former VP Biden said Monday night. @DavidChalian on why this fits with what he’s been saying for the last two years. https://t.co/UdttJBikeQ pic.twitter.com/uVDrL8scf1
— New Day (@NewDay) December 4, 2018
Biden also has a long history of making controversial comments.
In that same month, Biden was caught on camera calling a man a “real prick” while walking the streets during a Labor Day parade.