President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE took aim at former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy 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.
"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.
Joe Biden is a reclamation project. Some things are just not salvageable. 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2019
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 ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future 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 WarrenSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo Restless progressives eye 2024 Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBuilding back a better vice presidency Stacey Abrams nominated to board of solar energy firm Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE (D-Calif.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo This week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint Restless progressives eye 2024 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.