Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has claimed President Donald Trump “seems to have no conception of what constitutes national security” after Trump revealed in interviews with Bob Woodward the existence of a classified nuclear weapons system.
In a chat with Jake Tapper, the former vice president said Trump’s comments to Woodward made in a series of 18 interviews for the journalist’s upcoming book “Rage” — were “not a surprise.” “You wonder why people in the intelligence community wondered from the very beginning whether you could share data with him, because they don’t trust him. They don’t trust what he’ll say or do,” Biden said.
“He seems to have no conception of what constitutes national security, no conception of anything other than, what can he do to promote himself?”
Biden cited an Axios report that Trump asked whether nuclear bombs could be dropped in the middle of hurricanes to dissipate them before landfall, which Trump has denied. He also pointed to Trump’s comment last year that the Continental Army “took over the airports” from the British in the Revolutionary War, more than a century before airplanes existed.
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Trump blamed a faulty teleprompter at the time.”This is the guy who said maybe the way to deal with hurricane is drop a nuclear bomb on them. I mean — seriously, he said it!” Biden said.
“I mean, God. Or you know, the problem with the Revolutionary War was they didn’t have enough airports. I mean, I just — it is beyond my comprehension.”Biden then pointed to The Atlantic’s recent report that Trump had referred to those killed and injured at war “losers” and “suckers.”
He highlighted his deceased son Beau Biden’s service in Kosovo and in the Iraq war, “and all the people with him, the people who died. They’re suckers? I mean I can’t fathom.”
“They’re heroes. They really are heroes. Duty, honor, country,” Biden said. “He talks about can you repeat four words in a row or whatever his little IQ test or dementia test he took, he doesn’t understand duty, honor, service, country. He doesn’t get it. Or if he gets it he doesn’t care about it.”
He added: “Unrelated to my running, he should not be the commander-in-chief of the United States military. It’s just — no commander-in-chief’s ever, ever, ever, acted like this man.”