Joe Biden On Donald Trump: ‘I’ve Been Rooting For His Success’
By Marina Fang
Despite his sharp criticisms and deep concerns about President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden said he remains hopeful the Republican will be successful and recognize the gravity of his office.
“I give you my word as a Biden: I’ve been rooting for his success,” he told Terry Gross, host of NPR’s “Fresh Air,” in an interview that aired Thursday. “It’s desperately in all of our interest to do that.”
Biden said his hope that Trump “would rise to the office” contributes to his and former President Barack Obama’s decisions to only weigh in on him when they feel it is necessary, focusing on policy issues or Trump’s unsupported allegation that Obama ordered wiretapping of his campaign.
“If you’ve noticed, Barack and I have not gone after him personally. We’ve not gotten into that mosh pit . We have taken issue with him when we think he’s wrong, which is ―to be very blunt about it ― most of the time,” Biden said to laughter from the Philadelphia audience sitting in on the interview.
“But here’s the thing: He is not ideological in my view,” Biden said. “Barack and I talked about it, and the hope was that he would be able to find some common ground, he would reach out, but it seems as though his leadership style has gotten in the way of what, intellectually, I don’t think he has a problem with.”
When asked his thoughts as he watched Trump take the oath of office in January, Biden said he hoped ― and still does ― that Trump acknowledges his lack of political experience and tries […]