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Biden More Than Concerned About Trump's "Romance With Putin"

Joe Biden said Wednesday that President Trump’s “romance” with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin makes him wonder “what the hell is going on.”

The former vice president slammed the administration for not sending Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to a meeting of NATO nations’ foreign ministers next month. Instead, the secretary plans to be in Washington, D.C., to meet with the president of China. Biden also criticized Trump for his tweets and alleged lack of leadership, declaring: “The president’s words matter a great deal ... I hope the president will realize the campaign has to end and he’s got to start to govern.”

Trump has often acted more like a candidate than a commander-in-chief. The Independent Journalism Review pointed out that since his inauguration in January, the president has held campaign-style rallies in Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida. Earlier this month, Trump declared in Tennessee: “Great crowd, great people, great spirit. We’re going to do these rallies every two weeks.” According to Larry M. Noble, a lawyer for the Campaign Legal Center, most presidents do not hold such events. “Usually, they are too busy trying to get their administration in place,” he told The New York Times.

“It's getting down to the wire for whether (Trump) is really going to take charge,” Biden said. “The most powerful, most respected nation in the world is sounding a very uncertain trumpet.”

The Associated Press reported that Biden was on Capitol Hill for a rally by Democrats against the Republican health-care legislation designed to replace Obamacare. The House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday. Trump was struggling to ensure that there were enough GOP votes to send the measure to the Senate. Some Republicans joined Democrats in opposing the bill, for radically different reasons. Conservatives want a full repeal of Obamacare (formally known as the Affordable Care Act), while most Democrats support the law.

Biden noted that the GOP bill would reward the wealthy while reducing health-insurance subsidies for the poor. “This is going to mean an additional $57,000 a year in tax breaks for people making a million dollars a year,” he said. “It ain't going anywhere. This is not going to pass.”

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: MSNBC

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