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Trump mocks rivals at official event

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE on Tuesday used a taxpayer-funded trip to mock his potential 2020 Democratic rivals.

Speaking at a liquified natural gas facility near Lake Charles, La., Trump singled out former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIntercept bureau chief says congressional progressives looking to become stronger force in 2021 Obama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Americans have a choice: Socialized medicine or health care freedom MORE (I-Vt.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegConservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls LGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls Senate Democrats want hearing on Pentagon vaccine effort MORE (D-Mass.).

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“Boy, you got some beauties there. Three hundred fifty million people and that’s the best we can do. I don’t think so,” he quipped.

Past presidents generally refrained from injecting partisan politics into official White House events paid for with public funds, but Trump has frequently broken that norm during his time in office.

The president joked about the dynamic last August when he noted how many reporters traveled with him to Charlotte, N.C., for a bill signing during the lead-up to the midterm elections, saying “it's like a political event and you don't even have to pay for it.”

Taxpayers also foot the bill for the president’s political travel, but the costs are typically reimbursed by his campaign or related PAC. Trump is attending a pair of fundraisers later on Tuesday in nearby Metairie, La.

Trump was touting his record on jobs and the economy during his official speech, when he launched into the attacks against Democrats vying for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination, saying, “You dream about competition like that.”

He sounded out Buttigieg’s name as “Boot-edge-edge” and took note of O’Rourke’s dive in the polls by recalling the former congressman’s assertion to Vanity Fair that he was “born to be in it.”

“Beto’s falling fast. What the hell happened? Remember about four weeks ago he said, ‘I was made for for this.’ He was made for it. He was made to fall like a rock,” Trump said.

The president also dismissed O’Rourke’s attempt to “reboot” his campaign, saying “that generally doesn’t work out too well.”

Trump also repeated his belief that Sanders has an edge on Biden, even though most polls show the former vice president is the clear front-runner in the Democratic primary field.

“I don’t know what the hell happened to Biden. What happened to him? I’m looking, I said, ‘That doesn’t look like the guy I knew,’” Trump said, before adding, “Bernie’s crazy. But Bernie’s got a lot more energy than Biden, so you never know.”

He then took a swipe at the self-professed democratic socialist, saying, “Bernie’s got a lot of energy but it’s energy to get rid of your jobs.”

The president predicted his Democratic opponent in 2020 would be “one of these people” and not Warren, whom he referred to by the derisive nickname “Pocahontas.” Trump said the Massachusetts senator “is probably out.”