Trump denies Biden suggestion he is working to ‘intimidate’ GOP: ‘The party loves me and I love the party’
- Joe Biden on Wednesday said that many Republicans were afraid to vote in favor of his policies out of fear that Donald Trump would attack them
- ‘Did you ever think that one man out of office could intimidate an entire party,’ he asked, saying they were living in ‘fear of being defeated in a primary’
- Trump on Wednesday was asked by Fox News whether he was intent on intimidating members of his party, and replied: ‘No’
- The 75-year-old said he ‘loves’ his party and his former colleagues felt the same way about him
- He also said he was delighted that Biden on Wednesday said Kamala Harris would be his running mate for 2024, saying he was ‘happy for them’
- Trump has said previously that he will make a decision on whether to seek re-election after the midterms this year
Biden earlier delivered an almost two-hour press conference without once mentioning his predecessor by name.
Yet he said that Trump remained a potent force in politics, and accused the former president of working to cower current lawmakers into following his lead and blocking Biden’s policies.
‘Did you ever think that one man out of office could intimidate an entire party where they’re unwilling to take any vote contrary to what he thinks should be taken for fear of being defeated in a primary?’ asked Biden on Wednesday.
‘I’ve had five Republican senators talk to me, ‘bump into me’ — quote, unquote — or sit with me, who’ve told me that they agree with whatever I’m talking about for them to do. ‘But, Joe, if I do it, I’m going to get defeated in a primary.’
‘We got to break that. That’s got to change.’
Joe Biden on Wednesday did not mention Trump, but instead talked about ‘one man out of office’ who ‘could intimidate an entire party’
The 75-year-old, seen at his Arizona rally on January 15, insisted he had no wish to intimidate the Republicans
Trump on Wednesday night was asked by Fox News whether he was intimidating Republicans, and denied the claim.
‘No,’ Trump told Fox News. ‘The party loves me and I love the party.’
Biden said that he would run again with Kamala Harris in 2024 – which Trump said made him ‘very happy.’
The 75-year-old is widely expected to run again in 2024, and said he would relish the challenge of taking on Biden and Harris once more.
‘Oh, he did say that? Good,’ Trump said. ‘Wow.’
Biden on Wednesday confirmed that he and Kamala Harris would run on a shared ticket in 2024
He added: ‘I am very happy about that. I am very happy for both of them.’
‘Let me say, I am very happy for both of them.’
Trump has said he plans to formally announce whether he will run for re-election in 2024 after the midterms.
When asked about his plans Wednesday, Trump said he thinks he is ‘going to make a lot of people happy’ with his decision.
‘I think you’re going to see a lot of people are going to be very happy,’ Trump told Fox.