On Monday the least likely person to stand up for President Donald Trump gave his two cents to reports about how Trump is being treated by the press. Former Vice President Joe Biden told critics that the new president deserves the benefit of the doubt while he begins his term in office. During a press conference at the University of Delaware, Biden was asked if he thinks Trump deserves a chance to govern the country. “Sure he does,” Biden answered.
“He deserves a chance and in fairness to him, this is a man in my view, who understandably like all the press thought, didn’t think he was gonna win.” Biden told reporters. The White House was expecting a much different outcome to the election and a Democratic “transition team” was already in place nine months prior to the end of the election, Biden said, they were preparing for Hillary Clinton to take office. “We knew if we won who we were gonna ask to do A, B, C, and D.” “In fairness to him, I don’t think there was thought to be any necessity to do that,” Biden said.
Trump is working hard to govern while also assembling his team, Biden said. “He’s really playing catch-up.” “He should be given a chance. It’s too early to judge.”Biden said.
Biden’s appearance at the University of Delaware was to formally launch the Biden Institute, which will focus on civic engagement and domestic issues.
Biden said the Biden Institute is not partisan in nature. “It is not going to be a political organization trying to challenge Trump policy,” he said.
On Sunday at SXSW, Biden said he would be willing to partner with the Trump Administration in the fight to end cancer. Joe Biden’s son died from cancer and since has been an advocate for researching to find a cure. “It’s my hope that this new administration, once they get organized — and I’m not being facetious — that they will work in this fight against cancer. And I pledge I will do whatever I can do to work with this new administration,” Biden said.
In the past, Biden has not given Trump the benefit of the doubt. He has openly scolded Trump for his tweeting. “Grow up, Donald. Grow up. Time to be an adult,” he said in an interview on Jan. 5. “You’re president. You’ve got to do something. Show us what you have. You’re going to propose legislation. We’re going to get to debate it. Let the public decide. Let them vote in Congress. Let’s see what happens.”
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