Former US President Donald Trump has stated that he does not criticize Joe Biden based on his age, despite being America’s oldest president. Trump believes that Biden is “not too old” to run for a second term, but he quickly adds that his main concern is Biden’s incompetence, which he sees as a more significant issue.
These comments by Trump were made during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” and are set to air on Sunday, September 17. They come at a time when the US is engaged in a significant debate about the aging of its political leaders, a crucial factor as the 2024 elections approach. In 2024, Biden will be almost 82 years old, while Trump himself will be 78.
Opinion polls indicate that Americans are more concerned about Biden’s age, with one survey showing that three out of four people doubt his ability to serve a second term.
It’s worth noting that Trump concluded his first term as the second-oldest president in US history, with Ronald Reagan being 77 years old at the end of his term. If Trump were to pursue and win a second term, he would be 82 years old at its conclusion, a point that he is trying to address.
Some of the greatest world leaders have been in their 80s,” he told NBC. “I’m not anywhere very near 80, by the way.
“And Biden’s not too old,” Trump added. “But I think he’s incompetent, and that’s a bigger problem.”
Biden overcame a stammering problem as a youth, but has been mocked for his gaffes. He does not drink and is often seen riding his bicycle during weekends at his Delaware home.
Like Biden, Trump too, does not drink but in the NBC interview he said his age does not concern him, noting that his parents had long lives.