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Trump mocks rivals at official event

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short 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 BidenBiden prepares to confront Putin Ukrainian president thanks G-7 nations for statement of support Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Democratic tensions will only get worse as left loses patience McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats Socially-distanced 'action figure' photo of G7 leaders goes viral MORE (I-Vt.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMcConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats Mark Cuban: ProPublica 'not being honest' about taxes on wealthy On The Money: Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure | New report reignites push for wealth tax 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.”