Trump slams Joe Biden as 'mentally weak,' calling him '1 percent Joe' and saying he's 'slower than he used to be'

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  • President Donald Trump slammed Democratic frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden as "a dummy," "mentally weak," and "1% Joe" in Tuesday remarks on the White House's South Lawn.
  • Trump made the remarks on the White House lawn just before departing for Iowa, where he and Biden will each hold campaign events over the next few days.
  • Trump later said he would rather run against Biden than anyone else in the field, continuing, "I think he is the weakest mentally. I like running against people that are weak mentally."
  • In Biden's planned remarks for a Tuesday speech in Iowa, the former vice president directly attacks Trump, calling him "an existential threat."
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President Donald Trump slammed Democratic frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden as "a dummy," "mentally weak," and "1% Joe" - an insulting reference to Biden's past performances in the 1988 and 2008 Democratic primaries.

Trump made the remarks on the White House lawn just before departing for Iowa, where he and Biden will each hold campaign events over the next few days. While Trump will visit an ethanol plant and attend a reception in Council Bluffs, Biden will campaign in Eastern Iowa, according to the Washington Post. Advertisement

Trump later said he would rather run against Biden than anyone else in the field, continuing, "I think he is the weakest mentally. I like running against people that are weak mentally. I think Joe is the weakest up here ... I think Joe is a man who is - I call him 1% Joe. Until Obama came along, he didn't do very well."

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In Biden's planned remarks for a Tuesday speech in Davenport, Iowa, the former vice president directly attacks Trump, calling him "an existential threat" to America and slamming him over the tariffs on China and the European Union that Trump has levied.

In his comments on the South Lawn, Trump hit back on Biden on trade issues, calling him "a dummy" over Biden's previously-stated skepticism of China's threat as an American adversary. Advertisement

But in Biden's Tuesday speech, he aggressively takes the fight back to Trump, with his planned remarks saying, "we need to get tough with China. They are a serious challenge to us, and in some areas a real threat. And every single step that Donald Trump is taking is only exacerbating the challenge."

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