In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the former vice president said that Trump’s comments to Woodward – made in a series of 18 interviews for the upcoming book of the journalist “Rage” – were not a “surprise”.
“You wonder why people in the intelligence community have wondered from the beginning if you can share data with him because they don’t believe him. They don’t believe what he will say or do,” Biden said. “He seems to have no idea what national security is, no idea of anything other than what he can do to promote himself?”
“This is the man who said that maybe the way to deal with the hurricane is to drop a nuclear bomb on them. I mean – seriously, he said it!” Biden said. “I mean, God. Or you know, the problem with the Revolutionary War was that they didn’t have enough airports. I mean, it’s just beyond my comprehension.”
“They are heroes. They really are heroes. Duty, honor, state,” Biden said. “He talks about whether you can repeat four words in a row or any of his little intelligence tests or dementia tests, he doesn’t understand duty, honor, service, state. He doesn’t get it. Or if he gets it, he doesn’t is interested in that. “
He added: “Without regard to my candidacy, he should not be commander-in-chief of the US military. It’s just that no commander-in-chief has ever, ever, ever behaved like this man.”
Biden on taxes, trade
The interview took place the day Biden visited Macomb County, a key swing region in Michigan. Trump won Macomb County by 12 percentage points in 2016, making him the first Republican to win the county since 1988. He is a representative of the type of territory that Barack Obama won twice, and then Trump won four years ago in which Biden hopes to return to the Democratic column on November 3.
Asked if Trump could claim victory – renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and ending China’s trade advantage – which escaped Biden, the former vice president acknowledged that the Trump-negotiated US-Mexico-Canada agreement was “better than OIL.
“But look at what the overall trade policy has done even with NAFTA. We now have this huge trade deficit with Mexico. Not because NAFTA has not improved, because the overall trade policy and how it is dealing with it has worsened everything,” Biden said.
Biden also highlighted his role in efforts to rebuild the Obama administration’s economy in 2009 and cited bailouts for the auto industry. And he complained that Trump did not enforce the “Buy America” laws.
Biden criticized Trump’s relations with countries such as North Korea and Iran, saying he trusted them.
“I mean, this ‘America first’ was made by America itself,” he said.
He also criticized the tax cuts passed by Trump and the then-Republican-led Congress. Biden also said he would raise taxes on those who make more than $ 400,000 a year, raise corporate income taxes to 28 percent and impose new sanctions on corporations that send jobs abroad to produce goods that these are sold back in the United States.
“We have to get people to invest. So the idea of taking that money and investing it in new investment, manufacturing and education and healthcare, I mean, you know, these are things that matter to middle-class families, “Biden said.
Biden, 77, said he would hide nothing about his health if elected president.
Previous presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, have not revealed any health issues.
Trump made a surprise visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center last year. Trump had passed a “quick exam and labs” as part of his annual physical wait for a “very busy 2020,” the White House had said of the trip at the time.
However, in a new book, Michael Schmidt of the New York Times wrote that he learned “in the hours before Trump’s trip to the hospital, it was rumored in the West Wing that the vice president would be ready to take over the presidency temporarily if Trump he had to undergo a procedure that was supposed to be analgesic. ”
Trump and his doctor say after Schmidt’s announcement that the ambiguous trip to Walter Reed last year was not in response to a mini-stroke – although neither Schmidt nor other news agencies suggest that Trump suffered a mini-stroke.
“Anything can happen. I have become a great admirer of destiny – a great admirer of destiny. I have seen too much of this in my family, only incidents. And so I guarantee you, I guarantee you, I will make it completely transparent about of my health and all aspects of my health, “Biden said.
“And when it comes to Donald Trump against me, just look at us. Okay? Just look at us. Who seems to be in shape? Who can move?” Biden said, laughing at Trump and his allies, calling him “Slow Joe.”
“Donald Trump – just look at us both, watch us and determine if you think I’m misleading someone. Not you personally, but the public,” Biden said. “You know, look at me. Judge me based on – I know what the job is. I sat in the Situation Room for hundreds of hours. For eight years I was vice president of every big decision. I know how hard the job is.”
He added: “And one more thing I will do is take responsibility. I will admit my mistakes when I make them and I will catch up with the American people.”