DONALD Trump wished President Biden “good luck” days before his first formal sitdown with Russian President Vladimir Putin – reminding him to not doze off and jokingly asking to send his “warmest regards”.
“Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin,” the 45th president said in a barbed message on Thursday.
Trump sent Biden “Good luck” wishes in advance of his upcoming meeting in Switzerland with Russian President Vladimir PutinCredit: Getty
The former president also warned Biden: “Don’t fall asleep”Credit: AFP
He then cautioned the Commander-In-Chief – whom he dubbed “Sleepy Joe” before the 2020 election – “Don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards,” according to the emailed statement.
Trump’s missive comes after Biden wrapped up a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the G7 summit this weekend during which Biden gifted a Philadelphia-crafted bicycle.
Biden will also have some facetime with Queen Elizabeth II at the weekend and then whisking away to Belgium for a NATO Summit.
On Wednesday, Biden and Putin are expected to convene their much-anticipated meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
The 45th president appeared to chastise Biden for his mental stamina days before he is set to meet with PutinCredit: AP:Associated Press
Trump recalled his 2018 meeting with Putin in Helsinki as “great and very productive”Credit: AFP or licensors
Trump’s shaded comments toward Biden are in keeping with his whiteknuckled digs at Biden, who he likes to refer to as “Sleepy Joe” among his other nicknames like “1% Joe”, “Basement Biden”, and “Beijing Biden.”
All of them were tossed around while Trump campaigned against the former vice president as the incumbent and sought to expose the 78-year-old of being mentally adrift.
During Trump’s 2018 face-to-face talks with Putin in Finland, they appeared before reporters.
Trump made comments that sided with the Russian leader’s denial that his country was behind a massive cyber attack in 2016.
During a press conference Trump appeared to take Putin’s word that Russia didn’t meddle in a massive cyberattack leading up to the 2016 presidential electionCredit: AFP
Trump said in his new statement that “[a]s President, I had a great and very productive meeting in Helsinki, Finland, with President Putin of Russia.
“Despite the belated Fake News portrayal of the meeting, the United States won much, including the respect of President Putin and Russia,” his new statement reads, according to the Post.
Trump railed against what he also referred to on his website the same day as the “Mueller Witch Hunt” – referring to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into his campaign’s dealings with Moscow in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
He claimed the baseless criminal pursuit crippled his administration’s foreign policy.
“Because of the phony Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax, made-up and paid for by the Democrats and Crooked Hillary Clinton, the United States was put at a disadvantage—a disadvantage that was nevertheless overcome by me,” Trump said in the statement, according to the Post.
He concluded: “As to who do I trust, they asked, Russia or our ‘Intelligence’ from the Obama era, meaning people like Comey, McCabe, the two lovers, Brennan, Clapper, and numerous other sleazebags[sic], or Russia, the answer, after all that has been found out and written, should be obvious.
“Our government has rarely had such lowlifes as these working for it.”
For his part, Biden has vowed to hold Putin accountable for the cyberattacks.
“He will pay a price,” Biden said back in March.
Pressed about the possible penalties he’d impose, Biden said: “You’ll see shortly.”
Biden also suggested there were ways that the two leaders might be able to find “mutual interest to work together” such as establishing an agreement to prevent nuclear proliferation.
“I know him relatively well,” Biden said and noted that he plans to draw on his experience.
The Insidexpress is now on Telegram and Google News. Join us on Telegram and Google News, and stay updated.