Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hug

06 April, 2019, 03:03 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Trump says he’s ‘a very good messenger’ on Biden’s close physical contact with women

"I don't see Joe Biden as a threat", Trump said.

Trump's remarks came shortly before Biden was scheduled to address a gathering of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, his first public appearance since several women starting speaking out about his interactions with them. "I think he´s only a threat to himself". "I am not sorry for anything that I have ever done", he continued.

Biden's Friday speech to an electrical workers union conference in Washington, D.C., comes as he nears a decision on whether to run for president in 2020.

In the coming month I expect to be talking to you about a whole lot of issues and I'll always be direct with you but today I want to talk about gestures of support and encouragement that I have made to women and some men, and I've made them uncomfortable. On Thursday, he posted a video online in which he said he would be "much more mindful" when interacting with people.

Though polls show him leading a crowded Democratic primary field, Mr. Biden, 76, faces headwinds for being part of the old guard and out of step with the party's progressive and socialist movement.

"Social norms have begun to change, they've shifted, and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset, and I get it, I get it", he said.

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Asked about his intentions about running for President, Biden exposed his strategy. Trump described Biden, who appears on the cusp of announcing a White House bid, as "going through a situation".

"They make life work for us", he said. "They will be voting for me!"

Friday was the second time in two days the president attacked Biden on Twitter.

While Biden consistently sits atop public opinion polls assessing the 2020 Democratic field, some in the party have said he is out of step with its more progressive, diverse and younger elements.

He put out a statement, followed by a video statement, explaining that making people uncomfortable was "never his intention".

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