Biden Attacks Pres. Trump, Says He's Not 'Presidential'

January 03, 2018Jan 03, 2018

As tensions between North Korea and the United States intensify, there also appears to be tension between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. On Wednesday, Biden criticized President Trump's tweets on North Korea, which he made late Tuesday.

President Trump wrote, "North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

On Wednesday, reporters asked Biden what he thought of the tweet. He told CNN that President Trump's actions show "really poor judgment," and he warned the President that his "words matter."

He seemed to note that war is something that should be avoided, saying "The only war that is worse than one that's intended, is one that is not intended." However, he didn't end there, instead taking a stab at the President: "This is not a game. This is not about you know can I puff my chest out."

He continued along the same train of thought, telling CNN that he's "disappointed that Trump has not become more presidential over the year and that he believes the President is 'much, much too cavalier' about his role in the world."

"It's not just a matter of manners, it's a matter of perception," Biden said. "Perception of whether the United States is being consistent. Whether the United States is still as stable and as steady a player in the world as it always been. I think it shows really poor judgment for the President to perform the way he does. Particularly with tweets. But not just with his tweets. Words matter."

He added, "The United States has a role in the world that the world has come to expect. I think the President is much, much too cavalier. And it's dangerous."

Biden, who was in D.C. to attend the swearing in of the recently elected Senator Doug Jones, compared President Trump with former President Obama. He said Trump is acting in a way that is "totally inconsistent" with his predecessors.

"Let me choose my words, which is unusual for me," Biden said. "I think the President has to come to better understand that words matter coming from a president. There's a reason why it's important to be presidential. It's not just style. There's consequences. Severe consequences."

Reporters also asked him if his belief that President Trump lacks the proper presidential style would influence his decision to run for president. Reporters seemed to hope it would make him more likely to run.

He replied, "My decision to run for president, I have such profound disagreements from President Trump, if the only part of the calculus is whether or not I think he should still be president -- it wouldn't be close, in terms of my decision. But my decision is much more complicated than that. It's about whether or not for me in this moment in my life and in my families' life that it makes the best sense."

In other news, the longest-serving Republican member of the Senate is retiring, and it seems like he wants Mitt Romney to replace him. 

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