President Biden criticizes Trump and Republicans while overseas—in break with political norms

President Biden blasted former president Donald Trump and Republicans during a press conference following a NATO summit in Brussels on Monday, despite criticizing Trump in 2019 for waging domestic political attacks overseas.

“It is a shock and surprise that what’s happened in terms of the consequence of President Trump’s phony populism has happened,” Biden said Monday. “It is disappointing that so many of my Republican colleagues in the Senate, who I know know better, have been reluctant to take on, for example, an investigation because they’re worried about being primaried … That’s why it’s so important that I succeed in my agenda.” Biden appeared to be referring to an investigation into the events of Jan. 6.

“It’s important that we demonstrate we can make progress and continue to make progress, and I think we’re going to be able to do that,” he continued. “So, as I said, the proof will be in where it is in six months from now where, where we are, but I, think you’re gonna see that, God willing, we’re going to be making progress and there’s going to be a coalescing of a lot of Republicans, particularly younger Republicans, who are coming up in the party.”

Biden’s presidential campaign criticized Trump in 2019 when the former president spoke out against Biden while on foreign soil. Trump was in Japan at the time. Trump, who spent the Memorial Day 2019 weekend in Japan, said he “smiled” when North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un called Biden a “low IQ individual,” among other things [FOX].


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