President Trump set off a number of Democrats and Leftists in mainstream media over Memorial Day when he described former Vice President Joe Biden as a “disaster.” Mentioning Biden by name, Trump said the prior administration was disastrous when it came to taking care of the military, on the economy, and on trade.
It wasn’t so much what he said, as where he said it.
Whereas Trump has bashed Biden before, previously calling him “low IQ” or “Sleepy Joe Biden,” the president was now criticizing the Democratic presidential candidate during his stay in Japan—an unusual move for a sitting president.
“Dems are very, very angry at President Trump for saying mean things about Joe Biden and Barack Obama while he was in Japan over the weekend,” Twitchy reports.
“It is absolutely an unacceptable statement for the President of the United States, while overseas in a foreign country, to side with a repugnant dictator against the former Vice President,” said Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough also fumed at the comment: “This is how far we’ve come. We now have a president…who attacked an American vice president and an American president on foreign soil.”
He added: “That is something you do not do.”
Twitchy, citing CNN, reports former President Barack Obama did the same exact thing during an international trip in 2015 when he openly criticized then-Republican presidential candidates:
Of course, then President Obama criticized Republican presidential candidates while overseas before the 2016 election, which is the exact same thing. From CNN, November 18, 2015:
On his last two foreign swings, Obama has offered blistering criticism about the slate of candidates who are vying to replace him on the GOP side, lambasting their policy proposals and implying they lack the gravitas to do his job.
His remarks wouldn’t sound out of place during a press conference in the White House briefing room or at a speech to a room of Democratic fundraisers. But it’s a new phenomenon for Obama — and rare for U.S. presidents generally — to use such pointed language about political rivals on the world stage.
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Unconcerned about allegations he’s abusing his bully pulpit abroad, Obama has used the foreign trips to underscore his global stature — and make a tacit comparison to what he sees as his critics’ lesser positions.