Biden Mocks Trump Before Announcing He'll Likely Run in 2024


President Joe Biden announced he will likely seek re-election in 2024 and also mocked former President Donald Trump during his first formal solo media briefing on Thursday.

Biden opened the conference by relying on notes in deciding which reporters to call on. At one point, one of the reporters he chose asked him about the 2024 presidential election.

“Have you decided whether you are going to run for re-election in 2024? You haven’t set up a re-election campaign yet, as your predecessor had by this time,” CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes asked Biden.

My predecessor need do — my predecessor needed to. My predecessor,” Biden laughed.

“Oh, God, I miss him,” the president continued. “The answer is yes. My plan is to run for re-election. That’s my expectation.”

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Biden later circled around to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, who pressed him about the next election.

Collins asked Biden if he believed he would again choose Vice President Kamala Harris as a running mate. She also asked Biden if he thought Trump would be his opponent.

Do you think Biden will seek a second term?

“Oh, come on. I don’t even think about — I have no idea. I have no idea [if] there will be a Republican Party. Do you?” he replied.

“I know you don’t have to answer my question, but I mean, you know, do you?” Biden asked Collins.

CNN, the agency Collins represents, has lost nearly half of its prime-time audience among the key demographic of adults ages 25 to 54 since Trump left office in January.

Biden also commended Harris as a good White House partner and concluded he has every intention of seeking a second White House term. Biden would be 82 years old at the time on Inauguration Day 2025.

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Biden’s Thursday briefing was his first formal solo news conference with reporters. The president looked at times as if he was struggling to stay on a train of thought.

Biden was also criticized for the perceived scripted nature of the briefing.

The president did at one point Thursday take a tough question from ABC News White House correspondent Cecilia Vega about whether his administration’s messaging has contributed to the country’s border crisis.

Biden responded by saying that unaccompanied migrant children would not be deported and claimed, without evidence, that Trump sent them away to die of starvation.

“The idea that I’m going to say … ‘If an unaccompanied child ends up at the border, we’re just going to let them starve to death,” Biden said.

“No previous administration did that either, except Trump. I’m not going to do it.”

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Johnathan Jones has worked as a reporter, an editor, and producer in radio, television and digital media.
Johnathan "Kipp" Jones has worked as an editor and producer in radio and television. He is a proud husband and father.