(USA Features) President Donald Trump said during a rally Thursday in former Vice President Joe Biden’s hometown that he and his supporters are “saving this country” after inheriting a “mess” from the prior administration.
Speaking to a raucous crowd in Scranton, Pa., which chanted “four more years” between commercial breaks, Trump said Biden displayed poor judgment when it pushed for the NAFTA trade deal in the early 1990s, which was signed by then-President Bill Clinton.
He also blamed the Obama administration for failing to try to engage with North Korea as it developed nuclear weapons and beat back the Islamic State.
“The country was a mess,” the president said. “The country, when I took it over, was in very bad shape. The military was depleted. We were in wars all over the place.”
“This is not a free life,” he said, reflecting somewhat on the free time he enjoyed before becoming president.
“But I love what we’re doing because I feel that we’re accomplishing more than anybody’s ever. … I’m feeling we’re saving this country. This country was going wrong.”
Asked who he preferred running against, Biden or Sen. Bernie Sanders, the president said he had been preparing to face the Vermont socialist before Super Tuesday.
“I was all set to take on Bernie,” the president said. “Communist — I was all set. And then we have this crazy thing that happened on [Super] Tuesday, which [Biden] thought was Thursday. So all of a sudden it’s a whole different deal, two very different people. I think in a certain way, Bernie would be tougher. I think it’s going to be very hard for him to come back,” the president said.