‘You having a good time, Joe?’: Donald Trump to Biden on accusations

by Kim Boateng Posted on April 3rd, 2019

Washington: President Donald Trump cracked a few jokes about the allegations encircling Joe Biden on Tuesday — the same day two more women came forward with accusations against the former vice president.

The new allegations follow the claims of two women who have come forward over the last five days to accuse Biden of unwanted, inappropriate behavior.

Speaking at the National Republican Congressional Committee Dinner on Tuesday, Trump suggested Biden would not pose a threat to him if he entered the 2020 presidential race, thanks to “socialists” working to take him down.

“It looks like the only non-sort-of-heavy socialist, he’s being taken care of pretty well by the socialists. They got to him. Our former vice president,” Trump said. “I was going to call him, I don’t know him well, I was going to say, ‘Welcome to the world, Joe. You having a good time, Joe? Are you having a good time?'”

Trump brought up the former vice president while discussing his reelection theme, asking the audience if he should embrace “Keep America Great” or keep the slogan from his 2016 campaign, “Make America Great Again.”

Later, Trump again mentioned Biden while telling the crowd about a general who told him defeating ISIS could be done within a week. “Give me a kiss,” Trump said he told the general.

He continued: “I felt like Joe Biden.”

Pelosi on Biden:Allegations aren’t ‘disqualifying,’ but he needs to understand ‘people’s space is important’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said accusations of inappropriate behavior against former Vice President Joe Biden should not prevent him from seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020.

“I don’t think it’s disqualifying,” the California Democrat said Tuesday at a Politico event when asked about the allegations against Biden by two women.

She said Biden, who has long been known to be physically affectionate toward his male and female friends, needs to improve his understanding of the importance of people’s personal space.

“He has to understand that in the world we’re in now that people’s space is important to them,” Pelosi said.

.@SpeakerPelosi on allegations against Joe Biden: “I don’t think it’s disqualifying…I think that it’s important for the vice president and others to understand is it isn’t what was intended it’s how it was received…To say, ‘I’m sorry that you were offended’ is not an apology.” pic.twitter.com/0TjJVORlXM— CSPAN (@cspan) April 2, 2019

“I do think it’s about communication in general,” she explained. She called herself “a member of the straight-arm club,” demonstrating a rigid extension of her right arm for a handshake. “I just pretend you have a cold and I have a cold.”

Last week, former Nevada state representative Lucy Flores said that Biden gave her an unsolicited touch on the shoulders and kissed the back of her head as she prepared to take the stage at a 2014 political rally.

And the day Pelosi made her comment, a second woman, Amy Lappos, 43, said Biden grabbed her head and rubbed noses with her at a 2009 fundraiser in Connecticut.

Biden said in a statement on Sunday that he did not recall the incident with Flores but that he doesn’t believe he ever “acted inappropriately.”

“If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention,” he said.

“I think that it’s important for the vice president and others to understand is it isn’t what was intended, it’s how it was received,” Pelosi said Tuesday. “To say, ‘I’m sorry that you were offended’ is not an apology.”

Biden’s potential opponents in the 2020 Democratic primary have not said they think the allegations disqualify the former vice president from running, but many of them have said it is an issue he will have to address if he plans to seek the nomination.

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