WASHINGTON — Joe Bidenthe oldest president in US history, received support from an unexpected ally in the debate over his age: donald trump.
The former Republican head of state said that the Democrat “is not too old” to seek a second term. But he immediately added: “I think he’s incompetent.”.
Trump’s comments, made in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that will air Sunday, come as the United States is raging in debate over the aging of its political class ahead of the US election. 2024.
If Biden is re-elected, he would then be almost 82 years old, while Trump would be 78.
Polls show that while the age difference between the two men is small, Americans worry more about Biden’s age. According to one of these surveys, three out of four people doubt the current president’s ability to complete a second term in office.
Trump ended his own term as the second-oldest president in history after Ronald Reagan, who was 77, and would be 82 at the end of his term if he won in 2024. Biden would be 86 in 2028.
“Some of the greatest world leaders are over 80 years old,” the Republican told NBC. “By the way, I’m still far from that age,” he added without irony.
“Biden is not too old. But I think he is incompetent and that is a big problem,” he considered. “Biden is not too old. But I think he is incompetent and that is a big problem,” he considered.
Biden, who overcame a stuttering problem when he was young, has often been mocked for his verbal stumbles. But he stays fit, physically active, doesn’t drink and is often seen riding his bike on weekends at his Delaware home.
Democrats argue that he is also competent and, in support, point out that he oversaw the drafting of important laws.
In the NBC interview, Trump said his own age doesn’t concern him and noted that his parents lived a long time. “So genetically, that’s a good thing.”