Biden said during a CNN exclusive interview aired on Friday that he believes if President Donald Trump is re-elected in 2020, there would be no more NATO.
He then went on to discuss the Russian government’s meddling in elections, pointing to countries such as Hungary, suggesting it “wouldn’t have” happened “on my watch.”
“While Putin is trying to undo our elections, he is undoing elections in Europe,” Biden said. “Look at what’s happening in Hungary […] look what’s happening.”
He added, “You think that would happen on my watch, on Barack’s watch? You can’t answer that, but I promise you it wouldn’t have, and it didn’t.”
Watch Biden’s interview below:
"If [Trump] wins reelection, I promise you, there'll be no NATO in four years, or five years," Joe Biden says about President Trump pursuing relationships with North Korea's Kim Jong Un and Russia's Vladimir Putin over US allies. pic.twitter.com/6ZlU1Pwkng
— New Day (@NewDay) July 5, 2019
However, as The New York Times points out, the Obama administration knew about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election but didn’t reveal that Russians “intended to interfere with the U.S. election process” until a month before the election.
“We were very concerned that we not be perceived as taking sides in the election, injecting ourselves into a very heated campaign or taking steps to delegitimize the election process and undermine the integrity of the election process,” former Secretary of Homeland security Jeh Johnson said in response to Obama not making his own announcement about the meddling.
Following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s release of his long-awaited report, the Obama administration came under fire by the president and other Republicans for allegedly doing “absolutely nothing” to counter the Russian interference.
“Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President,” Trump previously tweeted. “He was told about it and did nothing!”
As for Biden, he’s trying to hold on as the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic field, but he’s facing bumps in the road after he fumbled during the first 2020 Democratic debate. Since the debate, Biden saw a decrease in support among Democratic voters and raised less than another Democratic candidate in fundraising.