Former vice president Joe Biden accused president Trump of inadvertently coddling the world’s most oppressive and authoritarian heads of state during a Thursday appearance on CBS “This Morning.”
Citing Trump’s relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un — whom Trump has said he “loves” — as well as Vladimir Putin, Biden expressed concern about the president’s tendency to “coddle” dictators and “have a love affair with autocrats.”
Biden, a widely-discussed 2020 presidential hopeful, said Trump’s embrace of brutal authoritarians likely stems from ignorance.
Trump either “doesn’t know what he’s doing or he has an absolutely convoluted notion” of America’s values and role on the world stage.
Asked about the possibility of impeaching Trump — a tactic championed by progressive Democrats like Senator Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) — Biden dismissed the idea.
“I don’t think there’s a basis for doing that right now,” he said.
Trump’s relationship with autocratic regimes has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks following the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who, according to Trukish officials, was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Trump appeared to accept Saudi officials’ denial of involvement on Monday, suggesting the act may have been carried out by a team of “rogue killers.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Tuesday and reportedly told the young royal he had just 72 hours to craft a more convincing narrative regarding Khashoggi’s death.