President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE blasted his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, as “incompetent” and dismissed polls indicating that Biden was leading in the race for the White House.
In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, the president took aim at Biden’s legacy in Washington, saying that the former vice president showed a record of bad judgment.
“I don’t believe the polls,” Trump told the news outlet. “I believe the people of this country are smart. And I don’t think that they will put a man in who’s incompetent.”
“And I don’t mean incompetent because of a condition that he’s got now. I mean he’s incompetent for 30 years. Everything he ever did was bad. His foreign policy was a disaster,” he continued.
Trump went on to slam Biden’s victory over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primary, for which he laid blame at the feet of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), who he said stayed in the race and prevented Sanders from building a coalition that could defeat the former vice president.
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“He should never have won the primary, ever in a million years, because those votes were taken away. They were taken away from Bernie Sanders. And I think I’m going to get a lot of Bernie Sanders voters,” Trump said.
Biden’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.
Trump’s comments are some of the most direct he has aimed at the vice president since Biden clinched the Democratic nomination last month following Sanders’s withdrawal from the race.
Trump has in the past indicated that he believes Warren stayed in the race to spoil Sanders’s chances of obtaining the Democratic nomination and tweeted in March that Sanders “would have EASILY won” a number of other states in the primary, including Warren’s home state of Massachusetts, had she dropped out in the weeks prior.
Warren finished in third place in Massachusetts, winning 21 percent of the vote, and dropped out of the race two days later.
Trump’s comments to the outlet come after recent Reuters-Ipsos polls showed Biden with leads in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, key battleground states that all voted for Trump in 2016.