CBS News reports:
President Trump is heading to Iowa to give a speech the same day former Vice President Joe Biden will be in the Hawkeye State, delivering an address in which Biden is expected to call the president an “existential threat” to the United States. As he left the White House Tuesday, Mr. Trump told reporters Biden is “weak mentally,” adding, “I like running against people who are weak mentally.”
“I’d rather run against I think Biden than anybody,” the president said. “I think he’s the weakest mentally. And I like running against people that are weak mentally. I think Joe is the weakest up here. The other ones have much more energy. I don’t agree with their policies, but I think Joe is a man who is, I call him one percent Joe. Because until Obama came along he didn’t do very well. But look, but I don’t bring him up.”
“When a man has to mention my name 76 times in his speech, that means he’s in trouble,” Trump told said.
“I have to tell you, he’s a different guy. He looks different then he used to, he acts different than he used to, he is even slower than he used to be. So I don’t know. But when he mentions my name that many times, I guess I should be complemented.”
Trump has repeatedly tried to diminish Biden by questioning his mental and physical fitness, a tactic he’s also deployed against his former rival Hillary Clinton and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
President Trump: “I’d rather run against, I think, Biden than anybody. I think he’s the weakest mentally. And I like running against people that are weak mentally. I think Joe is the weakest up here.” pic.twitter.com/YO9ODrWP6Q
— The Hill (@thehill) June 11, 2019
“Joe Biden is a dummy. Joe Biden thought that China wasn’t a competitor,” Trump said.
“China ate our country alive during Obama and Biden. They ate us alive. And then Biden has some sort of relationship financially — or his son — with China? Tell me about that” pic.twitter.com/HTlXAZIpEV
— POLITICO (@politico) June 11, 2019