In the New York Post today, Nikki Schwab, reports on the ex-Veep Joe Biden dancing the little side-step as often “politicians” do…and, of course, President Trump chimes in with some replies to this news story:
Former Vice President Joe Biden toughened up his language on China Tuesday, saying the Asian nation represented a “serious challenge” and sometimes a “real threat” to the United States — just a month after saying “they’re not competition for us.”
“We are in a competition with China. We need to get tough with China. They are a serious challenge to us, and in some areas a real threat,” Biden told an Iowa audience while out campaigning for president.
The comments stand in sharp contrast to the indifference Biden expressed about China last month, just days into his presidential bid.
“China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man,” Biden said, pointing out some of China’s systematic problems, like corruption. “I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not, they’re not competition for us,” Biden said at the time.
The flip-flop comes just days after the former vice president reversed his position on the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funds from going toward abortions, with some exceptions.
Biden now says he’s against it after saying he was for the abortion restrictions.
President Trump attacked Biden on his changing position, as excerpts of the speech were published before the former veep delivered it.
“Joe Biden thought China was not a competitor of ours. Joe Biden is a dummy,” Trump told reporters outside the White House Tuesday as he left for his own trip to Iowa. “And China ate our country alive during Obama and Biden. They ate us alive.”
Trump also floated that Biden had “some kind of relationship financially” with China, parroting comments made by his former chief strategist Steve Bannon during a Sunday interview with John Catsimatidis on 907 AM New York. Bannon was speaking about a deal the younger Biden made in 2013, to create the Bohai Harvest RST fund with the Bank of China.
Bannon used the opportunity to call on Biden to release his tax returns.
President Trump has never released any of his tax returns to the public, while Biden has released 18 years of his, though not the most recent when he was a private citizen.
- Nikki Schwab