Trump Says Biden is 'Weak Mentally' -- Biden Calls Trump an 'Existential Threat'

June 11, 2019 - 11:31 am

President Trump is heading to Iowa to give a speech the same day former Vice President Joe Biden will be in the Hawkeye State, delivering an address in which Biden is expected to call the president an "existential threat" to the United States.

As he left the White House Tuesday, Mr. Trump told reporters Biden is "weak mentally," adding, "I like running against people who are weak mentally." 

"I'd rather run against I think Biden than anybody," the president told reporters Tuesday. "I think he's the weakest mentally. And I like running against people that are weak mentally. I think Joe is the weakest up here. The other ones have much more energy. I don't agree with their policies, but I think Joe is a man who is, I call him one percent Joe. Because until Obama came along he didn't do very well. But look, but I don't bring him up."

The commander-in-chief also questioned Biden's mental and physical faculties, claiming the former vice president is slower than he used to be. Recent polls have shown Mr. Trump trailing Biden in key states. 

On a foreign policy note, Mr. Trump told reporters he's received a "very nice" and "very warm" little from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Earlier in the day, national security adviser John Bolton said a third summit between the U.S. and North Korea is up to Kim. Mr. Trump also held up a letter that he claimed is the U.S.-Mexico deal on stemming the tide of migrants at the border, although he wouldn't let reporters see it. 

Mr. Trump is ostensibly in Iowa to speak at the Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy Company, and at a GOP fundraiser, where he's expected to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Iowa has been hard hit by the trade war with China. On his way to Iowa, Mr. Trump insisted he's the greatest thing that's ever happened to America's farmers, touting the $16 billion in subsidies he recently gave the farming community to offset his trade war with China. 

Mr. Trump's preoccupation with the Democratic frontrunner, even as he insists Biden is low-energy and unable to win, will likely be hard to ignore on Tuesday. Mr. Trump appeared to bash Biden while he was overseas, agreeing with Kim in questioning Biden's intellectual chops. 

"I was actually sticking up for Sleepy Joe Biden while on foreign soil," Mr. Trump tweeted last month, disputing claims he sided with a dictator over an American former vice president. "Kim Jong Un called him a 'low IQ idiot,' and many other things, whereas I related the quote of Chairman Kim as a much softer 'low IQ individual.' Who could possibly be upset with that?"

Moments after Mr. Trump returned to American soil, Biden's campaign manager labeled Mr. Trump's remarks "beneath the dignity of the office." 

Mr. Trump has yet to publicly kick off his reelection campaign — he's doing that in Florida later this month — but the president filed for reelection the same day he took office.