The president has been facing an impeachment inquiry for allegedly withholding military aid from Ukraine in return for dirt on Biden — a request he also made of China after the impeachment inquiry was announced.
Trump claimed he was only looking to address corruption from the previous administration by requesting that both Ukraine and China look into the business dealings of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
Because Biden has been a frontrunner in the 2020 race thus far, many believe Trump’s requests had little to do with corruption and a lot to do with Biden being a likely nominee for the Democratic Party.
During a press gaggle on the White House lawn on Friday, Trump said that he wasn’t politically motivated because he never believed Biden could win in the first place.
Watch Trump’s comments below:
“We’re investigating corruption. We’re not investigating campaigns. I don’t care about his campaign. As I said, I didn’t think — I didn’t think and I don’t think Biden is going to win. I don’t think. Maybe to answer your question, when you say who is going to win? I would rather not make a prediction, but I have a feeling about somebody. I didn’t think, because I’ve watched Biden over the years, and Biden is not the brightest person. I never thought he was going to win. I never felt he was going to win. If you look at his other two campaigns, he was a 1 percenter. He got very few votes. He got taken off the garbage heap by Obama.”
Trump went onto address Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is looking more and more like the nominee every day. Warren raised almost $10 million more than Biden in the third quarter according to the latest reports and has been leading in several recent polls.
Although he wouldn’t say if he believes that Warren is his predicted nominee, he did say he’s not too worried about taking her on. He also took yet another jab at Biden, noting that he stayed at the top of the polls throughout his 2016 campaign — which might be a standard Biden could struggle to match.
“It’s fine. [Warren] is a socialist and maybe worse than that, but we’ll see. I haven’t seen these poll numbers. I haven’t seen Biden’s poll numbers. Look, Joe Biden was never going to make it, all right? He was never going to make it. He tried it twice. […] When I announced I went to number one day one and I stayed there the entire primary season. I never was off center stage.”
Although the polls and fundraising numbers seem to favor Warren over Biden right now, there is still a lot of time before anyone will cast a vote between the two. The Iowa caucus is just under four months away.