Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) knows a thing or two about foreign policy predictions from the Obama-Biden White House going awry, and he didn’t let former Vice President Joe Biden’s latest prediction go unnoticed.
In the 2012 election, then-candidate Romney was mocked by former President Barack Obama and Biden after he claimed Russia was the greatest geopolitical threat to the U.S. — which turned out to be largely accurate.
At the time, Obama brushed off Romney’s prediction.
“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because … the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” he said.
Biden made similar comments, joking that Romney didn’t know that “this is not 1956.”
Watch Obama mock him below:
Flash forward to 2014, and the Obama administration was warned that Russians were interfering in U.S. democracy, they had taken the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, and they helped Syrian President Bashar Assad cross Obama’s “red line” of chemical weapons usage.
During a campaign event in Iowa on Wednesday, Biden made another questionable foreign policy claim. The former vice president doubted that China is a true competitor to the U.S. economy.
“China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man,” Biden said, according to a report from Stephen Gruber-Miller of the Des Moines Register. “They’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not competition for us.”
Watch Biden’s comments below:
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 1, 2019
For a lot of potential reasons, Romney saw this as a dubious claim. China has been suspected of stealing U.S. intellectual property to make it cheaper overseas, it has significantly lower working conditions to drive down costs, and it has a much larger workforce — giving it several different competitive advantages.
Romney took to Twitter to call out Biden, claiming that his views on China would age as well as his views on Russia.
This will not age well. https://t.co/IJ8vkPJ5SV
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 1, 2019
While Biden isn’t concerned about China, President Donald Trump has been very vocal about his distrust of Chinese officials and has worked to limit their economic influence by renegotiating trade deals.