Trump Hits Biden For Switching Longheld Views: ‘He Has Recalibrated on Everything’

June 15, 2019 Updated: June 15, 2019

President Donald Trump criticized former Vice President Joe Biden over his reversal of longheld views, including on taxpayer funding for abortions.

“He has recalibrated on everything,” Trump told former Bill Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos during an interview with the ABC host.

“Everything he’s says he’s taken back two weeks later because he’s getting slammed by the Left. And he’s stuck with this stuff. He’s really stuck with it,” the president added.

Biden, the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic ticket, said recently that he now supports using taxpayer money to fund abortions, reversing a position he had held since 1976 when he voted for the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits using the money for most abortions.

On June 6, Biden told a crowd at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Atlanta that he had changed his mind and would no longer support the Hyde Amendment because of laws passed against some forms of abortions in states such as Alabama and Georgia.

Former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to a crowd at a Democratic National Committee event at Flourish in Atlanta, Georgia on June 6, 2019. (Dustin Chambers/Getty Images)

“If I believe healthcare is a right, as I do, I can longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s zip code,” Biden said.

In the ABC interview, Trump also continued his attacks over Biden’s alleged strength, saying: “He wanted to be the tough guy. He’s not a tough guy, he’s a weak guy.”

Trump on June 11 called Biden “a loser,” noting the longtime politician’s two failed presidential runs.

“It looks like he’s failing, it looks like his friends from the left are going to overtake him pretty soon,” he added.

Trump walks out of the Oval Office
President Donald Trump walks out of the Oval Office to speak with reporters at the White House on June 11, 2019. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

“I’d rather run against, I think, Biden than anybody. I think he’s the weakest mentally and I think Joe is weak mentally. The others have much more energy. I call him ‘1 percent Joe’ because until Obama came along he didn’t do very well.”

Biden has kept up the back-and-forth, sparking the war of words while in Iowa earlier in the week with repeated attacks against Trump in a speech that leaked hours before he delivered it on the same day.

Biden accused Trump of causing turmoil for farmers with his tariffs on China.

In the speech, Biden reversed himself on another key issue: the extent to which China represents competition for America. Biden said recently that China was “not competition” and said there was no danger in the country overtaking America as the world’s largest economy but in the speech declared: “We are in a competition with China” and “We need to get tough with China.”

The ABC interview is slated to air on Sunday and the left-leaning network has been releasing portions of it online since Friday. After some parts were released, Biden released a video of his own attacking Trump for saying he’d listen when foreign governments came to him with information.

“Donald Trump doesn’t think it matters if candidates for presidency accept damaging information on their opponents from foreign governments,” Biden said I believe he’s dead wrong.”

Biden has not addressed how the Obama administration accepted information from foreign governments about the Trump campaign.

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