Joe Biden slams Trump in US foreign policy speech
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Joe Biden slams Trump in US foreign policy speech

In a speech on Thursday at the City University of New York, Biden said his foreign policy would be “based on clear goals driven by sound strategies, not by Twitter tantrums.” Biden, 76, currently leads early polls for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination race to challenge Trump in next year’s election. “Make no mistake about it, the world sees Trump for what he is: insincere, ill-informed and impulsive — and sometimes corrupt, dangerously incompetent and incapable, in my view, of world leadership and leadership at home,” Biden said. “The threat that I believe President Trump poses to our national security and where we are as a country is extreme and I don’t think we can afford to ignore it,” he added. Biden criticized Trump’s foreign policy, saying if he becomes president he would end the Muslim travel ban, family separation at the US-Mexico border and join international agreements on climate change. He voiced alarm at the “rapid advance of authoritarianism, nationalism and illiberal tendencies around the world” even among US allies, naming Hungary, the Philippines and Turkey. Trump and Biden have often lambasted each other since Trump was elected to the White House. Trump has attacked Biden frequently since the former vice president officially announced his candidacy for the presidency earlier this year, often using mocking nicknames such as "Sleepy Joe." Biden told CNN in an interview last week that Trump is "the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I’d smack him in the mouth." Biden is still the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, but he is falling behind in polls. New surveys show his lead narrowing nationally after a wobbly performance in last month’s first Democratic presidential debate. His weak performance at the debate also reinforced persistent questions about one of Biden’s biggest vulnerabilities — whether at age 76 he is too old for the White House competition.

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