“In the next election, I would be very lucky if I had this same man running against me,” Biden said.
Biden, who has long touted his decades of foreign policy experience, has used the world stage to contrast his immediate predecessor, who has been accused of damaging Washington’s relations abroad and getting close to leaders like Chinese Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. . The 2024 chatter on Thursday followed a question about whether the United States and its NATO allies were taking steps to safeguard, or Trump-proof, the alliance in case Trump or another MAGA figure would become president in 2024.
“No, that’s not how I think about it,” Biden said. “I have no concerns about the impact.”
Biden then recounted why he ran for president, reflecting on the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. His meandering response then turned to his goal in 2022, to maintain the Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate. He also referred to the events of January 6, 2021.
“I don’t think you’ll find a European leader who thinks I’m not up to it,” Biden said afterwards, recalling his first trip to Europe after becoming president. This June 2021 trip was largely about sending a message to the rest of the world about America’s leadership role, its commitment to global alliance and democracy, in the face of rising authoritarianism.
The president, who will be 81 in 2024, has insisted he will run for a second term if healthy, as he is now. He also said in December that a rematch against Trump would make him more likely to run for president again.
“Sure. Why wouldn’t I be a candidate against Donald Trump? He’s the candidate, it increases the chances of running,” Biden said in a December interview with ABC News.
It’s no secret that Trump is considering a bid in 2024. He covers himself when asked on Fox News, but often notes that his supporters will be “very happy” with his choice. A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Biden’s remarks.