Joe Biden joked that the chances of him running for reelection in 2024 would increase if Donald Trump were the Republican nominee again as the president continues to yield questions over if he will seek a second term.
The president told ABC’s John Muir in an interview that aired Wednesday evening that while he intends to run again, he will leave it up to ‘fate’ and his ‘health’.
Biden, now 79, is the oldest person ever to be elected as U.S. president. Before that, Trump beat him by being inaugurated at the age of 70.
Asked by Muir whether he intended on running for re-election, Biden replied: ‘Yes,’ just as his press secretary Jen Psaki has insisted.
He added: ‘I’m a great respecter of fate. Fate has intervened in my life many, many times.’
‘If I’m in the health I’m in now – I’m in good health – then, in fact, I would run again.’
Further pushed on if he would run for reelection if it meant taking on Trump again, Biden smiled, chuckled and replied: ‘You’re trying to tempt me now.’
‘Sure, why would I not run against Donald Trump if he were the nominee?’ he continued.
‘That would increase the prospect of running.’
Joe Biden, seen on Wednesday at a meeting of his supply chain task force, told ABC News that he did intend to seek re-election if his health remains strong
Biden sat down with ABC’s David Muir at the White House in an interview that aired three days before Christmas to discuss a range of issues
Trump’s communication director Taylor Budowich told DailyMail.com: ‘No one has done more to make the case for Trump 2024 than Joe Biden.’
‘His policies are destroying the nation and if he did not run, his entire party would be left holding the pieces of his abject failure,’ he added. ‘The contrast of President Trump’s America First and the Democrats America Last has never been more stark.’
Trump has not definitively said whether he will run again in 2024, but has suggested such in several interviews and rallies since leaving office.
The former president said he wants to wait until after the 2022 midterm elections to formally announce anything related to another White House bid. But there have been no shortages of endorsements in the meantime of candidates Trump says have a good Make America Great Again agenda.
Trump, now 75, has faced questions of his own related to his health should he seek another term in his mid 70s.
Last month Biden headed to Walter Reed for his annual physical, and returned saying he felt great, with a clean bill of health after a colonoscopy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends regular screenings for colon cancer starting at age 45.
A colonoscopy can last about an hour.
George W. Bush was the last president to undergo a colonoscopy with anesthesia while in office.
Biden waves as he arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for his annual physical on November 19, 2021 – just days shy of his 79th birthday
The White House released copies of the letters to Senator Patrick Leahy and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, where the president relinquished power and then took it back.
Biden wrote to the leaders he was undergoing a ‘routine medical procedure requiring sedation. In view of present circumstances, I have determined to transfer temporarily the power and duties of the office of President of the United States to the Vice President during the brief period of the procedure and recovery.’
He later sent a second letter resuming presidential powers.
‘In accordance with the provisions of section 3 of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, I hereby transmit to you my written declaration that I am able to discharge the powers and duties of the Office of the President of the United States and that I am resuming those powers and duties,’ Biden wrote.
Walter Reed Medical Center, a military center in Bethesda, Md., is the traditional hospital of presidents for their medical needs.
Donald Trump was treated there when he had COVID. And Trump made a mysterious visit to Walter Reed in November 2019 that was later revealed to be a colonoscopy. At the time the White House said he got a partial physical.
But former Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham indicated in her book on the administration Trump was getting a colonoscopy without anesthesia.
The reason for the secrecy, Grisham explained, was that Trump didn’t want to hand over power to Vice President Mike Pence, even for a short amount of time, because it would be ‘showing weakness.’
He also didn’t want to be ‘the butt of the joke,’ she wrote, on late-night TV.
Donald Trump made a mysterious visit to Walter Reed in November 2019 that was later revealed to be a colonoscopy. Former Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham indicated in her book on the administration Trump was getting a colonoscopy without anesthesia. The reason for the secrecy, Grisham explained, was that Trump didn’t want to hand over power to Vice President Mike Pence , even for a short amount of time, because it would be ‘showing weakness’
Biden’s visit to Walter Reed came amid questions about the health of the country’s oldest president as a poll found that voters were split on whether Biden is mentally fit enough and healthy enough to handle the presidency.
Only 40 per cent of voters surveyed in a new Politico/Morning Consult poll agreed with the statement that Biden ‘is in good health,’ while 50 per cent disagreed.
Biden got a tougher rating when it came to his mental health.
Asked whether Biden is ‘mentally fit’, voters were close to an even split: 46 per cent says he is and 48 per cent disagree.
And asked whether Biden is ‘stable,’ voters are split again with 44 per cent saying he is and 50 per cent disagreeing.
Voters’ opinions on the president’s health appear to be shifting with more of them concerned about his fitness.
In October 2020, when the poll last surveyed the question, voters believed Biden was in good health by a 19-point margin compared to this recent 10 point one.
Additionally, in that October 2020 survey, voters believed Biden was mentally fit by a 21-point margin.
Biden’s last extensive update on his health came in December 2019 – during the presidential campaign – where his doctor described him as ‘a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.’
Trump, who was 70 when he was elected president, mocked Biden’s stamina on the campaign trail in last year’s election, dubbing him with the moniker ‘Sleepy Joe.’
Trump’s first physical was released in January 2018, a year after he was sworn-in.
Dr. Ronny Jackson, now a Republican House member in Congress, praised Donald Trump’s health after Trump’s first physical as president, which happened in January 2018, a year after Trump was sworn in
Joe and Jill Biden stay physically active – above they ride their bikes through Cape Henlopen State Park in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in September 2019
In March, Biden stumbled three times while climbing the stairs to board Air Force One, which his staff blamed on the windy day
WHAT IS A COLONOSCOPY AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO GET ONE EVERY 10 YEARS?
What is a coloscopy?
A colonoscopy is an exam that detects abnormalities and changes in the large intestine and in the abdomen.
How is it performed?
Patients are either sedated or, in rare cases, given general anesthesia, to dull the amount of pain they feel.
A long, flexible tube is inserted into the rectum. A tiny video camera is attached to the tip so the doctor can view the inside of the colon.
If necessary, the doctor can remove polyps or other types of abnormal tissue, as well as take tissue samples.
A colonoscopy will generally take about 30 to 60 minutes.
How do I prepare the day before a colonoscopy?
Doctors recommend that patients eat low-fiber foods that are easy to digest starting three to four days before the colonoscopy.
The day before the procedure, patients are not allowed to eat anything solid and can only consume clear liquids.
The night before the colonoscopy, patients have to take laxatives to make sure the digestive tract is clear.
When should I get a colonoscopy?
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all adults between ages 45 and 75 get screened for colon cancer.
Patients between ages 75 and 85 are recommended to speak to their doctors about when to get a colonoscopy.
If the colonoscopy doesn’t find any signs of cancer, it should be done every 10 years.
Why is it important to get a coloscopy?
Aside from skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S.
An estimated 104,270 new cases of colon cancer and 45,230 new cases of rectal cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2021.
It is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men and in women, separately, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths when men and women are combined with 52,980 deaths expected in 2021.
Sources: Mayo Clinic, American Cancer Society
An exuberant Dr. Ronny Jackson, now a Republican House member in Congress, praised Trump for having ‘incredible genes,’ which allowed the then 71-year-old president to consume Diet Coke, McDonald’s, ice cream and exercise very little and still stay in ‘very, very good health.’
‘I have absolutely no concerns about his cognitive ability,’ Jackson also assured reporters, after the book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House had raised questions about Trump’s mental state.
While Trump regularly ‘speaks his mind,’ Jackson argued, he ‘found no reason whatsoever to think that the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process.’
Biden hasn’t helped questions about his health with his tendency toward gaffes – an affliction that has plagued him on and off throughout his more than 40 years in politics.
In his first few months in office, he would refer to his vice president as ‘President Kamala Harris’ and White House staff recently had to clarify comments he made on the situation in Taiwan.
In March, Biden stumbled three times while climbing the stairs to board Air Force One, which his staff blamed on the windy day.
The president does stay physically active – he and First Lady Jill Biden ride bikes when they are at their vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and he plays golf at the local country club when he is home in Wilmington.
‘Nothing’s been good enough’ Joe Biden slams his administration’s own COVID-19 response in the midst of a massive holiday case surge but praises vaccination strides made in the year since he took office
Joe Biden criticized his administration’s own handling of the coronavirus pandemic, claiming the response hasn’t been ‘good enough’ as the Omicron variant spreads like wildfire, leading to a massive surge ahead of Christmas.
‘We’re nearly two years into this pandemic, you’re a year into the presidency. Empty shelves and no test kits in some places – three days before Christmas when it’s so important. Is that good enough?’ ABC’s David Muir asked the president in an interview that aired Wednesday evening.
‘No, nothing’s been good enough,’ Biden candidly replied.
‘But look, look where we are,’ he added of the progress. ‘Last Christmas we were in a situation where we had significantly fewer people vaccinated, emergency rooms were filled, we had serious backups in hospitals that were causing great difficulties. We’re in a situation now where we have 200 million people fully vaccinated. And we have more than that who have had at least one shot – and we’re getting these booster shots, as well.’
President Joe Biden said in an interview that aired on ABC News Wednesday evening that his administration’s response to the pandemic has not ‘been good enough’
Cases have been surging in several hot spots, including Hawaii, Florida, Texas and New York as the Omicron variant spreads like wildfire across the country
On Tuesday, Biden announced new measures to address the prevailing coronavirus pandemic as the latest variant interrupts thousands of Americans’ holiday plans.
During his remarks Tuesday and in his interview that aired Wednesday, the president assured vaccinated Americans who test negative that they can safely celebrate Christmas with their families this year, claiming the spike in cases is not indicative of another lockdown to come.
‘The docs who advise me on this are still saying if you are tested, if you know where you are in terms of having gotten your shots, there’s no reason you can’t get together with your family and your friends. And we couldn’t do that last Christmas,’ Biden told Muir.
The president acknowledged during his Tuesday remarks that it can be hard to get an appointment for COVID testing – coughing into his hand as he made the point, as well as at another point during his remarks.
The administration, however, is facing backlash as a shortage of coronavirus testing kits ensued just as Omicron spread through the country and as thousands get ready to travel to see their families for Christmas this week.
The White House claims it didn’t predict the Omicron variant and holiday surge.
Massive lines have formed around the country for Americans to receive free at-home rapid COVID testing kits ahead of the holidays. Pictured: City residents wait in line in Philadelphia for their kits
Biden praised in his interview the 200 million Americans who are fully vaccinated
Biden snapped when asked Tuesday if it was a failure that more tests weren’t available after experts who have advised the administration for months warned the nation needs a surge of kits.
‘No, it’s not,’ he shot back. ‘Because COVID is spreading so rapidly – notice it just happened almost overnight, just in the last month.’
In his July 4 speech on the South Lawn of the White House, Biden said the country was ‘closer than ever’ to gaining independence from COVID.
‘Do you think you over-promised?’ Muir asked.
‘No, we were closer to ever,’ Biden said. ‘But, there’s a lot we don’t know.’