Trump slams Biden as a 'reclamation project' who won't win in 2020

Trump slams Biden as a 'reclamation project' who won't win in 2020
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE took aim at former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' MORE on Saturday, lambasting the Democratic presidential front-runner as a "reclamation project" and accusing him of deserting the U.S. military, law enforcement and health care.

Trump tweeted Saturday morning that "some things are just not salvageable," before criticizing former President Obama for his administration's trade policy toward China and for the deficits and debt it created.

"Joe Biden is a reclamation project. Some things are just not salvageable," Trump tweeted.

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"China and other countries that ripped us off for years are begging for him. He deserted our military, our law enforcement and our healthcare. Added more debt than all other Presidents combined. Won’t win!" he added.

The president has attacked Biden frequently since the former vice president officially announced his bid for the presidency earlier this year, often resorting to derisive nicknames such as "Sleepy Joe."

Biden, meanwhile, has characterized Trump as a schoolyard bully, telling CNN this week that he relished the chance to go toe-to-toe with the president on the debate stage.

"He's the bully that I knew my whole life. He's the bully that I've always stood up to. He's the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid and had a stutter, and I'd smack him in the mouth," Biden told CNN in an interview that aired Friday.

"I'm looking forward to this man. You walk behind me in the debate. Come here, man," he added, referring to Trump's looming physical presence behind Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGeorge Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump Democrats slam Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, back protesters Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE during a presidential debate in 2016.

Trump later responded to Biden's remarks, telling reporters outside the White House, “I don’t think I’m a bully at all.”

Recent polling indicates that Biden and other top-tier Democratic hopefuls, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' Democrats slam Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, back protesters MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much MORE (D-Calif.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersBullock: I would not have endorsed health care for undocumented immigrants on debate stage Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act MORE (I-Vt.) lead Trump in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups. Head-to-head polling shows Biden besting Trump in hypothetical general election match-ups. 

Trump's remarks on Saturday come as Biden's campaign seeks to defend his past comments and policies on race since the first Democratic presidential primary debates, which saw Harris get a boost in the polls.

Updated 9:17 a.m.