Biden compared Trump to a schoolyard bully from his childhood in a new interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, brushing off the notion that he would be “intimidated” by the president.
“He’s the bully that I knew my whole life. He’s the bully that I’ve always stood up to. He’s the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I’d smack him in the mouth.”
Biden added that he was “looking forward” to the possibility of seeing Trump in a presidential debate.
Trump was asked about the remarks while speaking with reporters at the White House on Friday before departing for a weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“I don’t think I’m a bully at all,” Trump said. “I just don’t like being taken advantage of by other countries, by pharmaceutical companies, by all of the people that have taken advantage of this country.”
Watch the video below, via ABC News:
"Joe Biden called you a bully…what do you think of that?"
"I don't think I'm a bully at all," Pres. Trump says. "I just don't like being taken advantage of by other countries, by pharmaceutical companies, by all of the people that have taken advantage of this country." pic.twitter.com/nD5HAvbyks
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 5, 2019
Trump quickly changed the topic to tariffs against China, arguing that his policy has seen the success that Biden and former President Barack Obama could not achieve. Ending his answer to the question, the president again shared his oft-repeated belief that America would be in a war with North Korea today if he had not been elected.
Friday’s “bully” talk is just the latest schoolyard taunts shared between Trump and Biden. The former VP made headlines in 2016 when he expressed a desire to take Trump “behind the gym” if the two were in high school together in response to comments Trump made on the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” tape.
“The press always ask me, ‘Don’t I wish I were debating him?'” Biden explained at the time. “No, I wish we were in high school — I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish.”