President Trump has a way with words (that’s the understatement of the year).
On Friday, before he boarded Marine One to head to the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Indiana, Trump stopped on the White House lawn to take a few questions from reporter
“Mr. President, how old is too old to be president?” one reporter asked.
“Well, I think that — I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. I’m the youngest person. I am a young, vibrant man. I look at Joe — I don’t know about him. I don’t know,” said Trump, who is 72.
“Is he too old?” the reporter asked of Joe Biden, who is 76 and would be the oldest president ever — by far — to take office if elected (he would be 78 years old on Inauguration Day if he wins).
“I would never say anyone is too old, but I know they’re all making me look very young, both in terms of age and I think in terms of energy. I think you people know that better than anybody.”
Trump is known to be a workaholic, rising at 6 a.m. or earlier and staying up till midnight or beyond. He works lots of weekends, too, and aides have said that even at his age, he’s hard to keep up with.
Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is 77, are currently atop the poll in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Trump, meanwhile, was the oldest man ever to take office when he moved into the White House in 2017, at 70 years and 220 days.
The president on Thursday zinged Biden after the former vice president officially entered the 2020 race.
“Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “It will be nasty — you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!”
Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. It will be nasty – you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2019
Team Biden on Friday bristled at the president’s comment.
“This is beneath the office of the Presidency. Tweets like this are a reminder of why we cannot afford four more years of this President,” Biden for President said in a fund-raising email. “Joe is running a different kind of campaign. But if President Trump is already on the attack on Day One, we need to be prepared for whatever comes next.”
“Will you chip in so we can defend ourselves against Trump’s attacks?” the email says.