President Trump told the Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito how a potential head-to-head with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee would likely look: it would be a disaster.
Trump said debates would be terrible for Biden who would “absolutely no idea what’s happening,” the Washington Examiner reports.
Answering a question on how Biden would fix the economy or who he would appoint to a coronavirus response team, Trump said: “If you asked him who he named, he wouldn’t even know it. Joe has absolutely no idea what’s happening.”
@realDonaldTrump visited PA yesterday. Supporters were lined up for well over a mile & waited for hours to greet him waving American flags & Trump signs.
“That’s your poll" @realDonaldTrump told @salenazito.
He's RIGHT!!#PENNSYLVANIAISTRUMPCOUNTRY https://t.co/IEYr3PPrGI
— David J. Urban (@DavidJUrban) May 15, 2020
Trump then pointed to Biden’s recent appointment of Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“AOC is a disaster. She wants all fossil fuel out. She wants everything out. She wants wind, which is expensive — kills all the birds. You know, I’m also an environmentalist. But wind is a disaster,” the president said.
And, on the economy, Trump said: “Biden can’t do it. He doesn’t know he’s alive.”
Nevertheless, Trump is looking forward to squaring off with the former veep.
“I know they want to try and get out of the debate by saying they won’t be able to debate because of COVID-19,” he said.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Trump’s visit to Pennsylvania comes just as Gov. Tom Wolf dictated a plan that rolls out selective openings of the state — a move that has frustrated many rural counties that have been told to remain closed despite a moderately low number of cases and deaths. The governor has threatened dire economic consequences for counties that defy his order, including withholding federal stimulus funds, revoking liquor licenses, and making them ineligible for business liability insurance.
In the interview, Trump voiced support for the counties that are challenging the orders.
Pennsylvania is a key part of a region that includes Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, which ended their Democratic presidential voting streaks in 2016 to support Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. A win in Pennsylvania is considered critical but not mathematically essential for the Republican president.