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Biden Playfully Mocks Trump at Washington Press Dinner


US President Joe Biden displayed a mix of humor and seriousness at the annual Gridiron Club media dinner on Saturday, taking aim at his political rival, Donald Trump, while addressing pressing issues facing the nation.

At 81 years old, Biden jokingly remarked, “One candidate’s too old and mentally unfit to be president. The other guy’s me.” This lighthearted jab set the tone for his first speech at the prestigious event, attended by members of the US media and political elite.

Acknowledging concerns about his age and trailing poll numbers, Biden sought to contrast himself with Trump, emphasizing the former president’s verbal slip-ups. He also criticized Republicans in Congress, accusing them of prioritizing impeachment over legislative progress.

During the dinner, Biden shared a humorous anecdote about Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s reaction to Congress, highlighting their push for increased military aid to Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.

Returning to Trump, Biden criticized his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, referencing Trump’s controversial suggestion of injecting bleach as a treatment. Biden underscored the seriousness of the situation, emphasizing the need for responsible leadership.

Addressing global threats, Biden condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Europe and criticized Trump’s deference to him. He affirmed a commitment to democracy and freedom, standing alongside leaders like Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

Biden also denounced Trump’s false claims of election victory and the Capitol riot, highlighting the dangers posed to democracy. He expressed support for journalists, rebutting Trump’s attacks on the media and affirming their crucial role in society.

Reflecting on the event, Biden’s approach contrasted with Trump’s playful demeanor at a similar gathering six years earlier. The Gridiron Club dinner serves as a platform for Washington’s elite to engage in self-deprecating humor and address pressing issues facing the nation.

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