SPONSORED:

Trump says Harris was 'my No. 1 pick' for Biden's VP

President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE on Tuesday said Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate MORE (D-Calif.) was his "No. 1 pick" to be named presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE's running mate, knocking her unsuccessful presidential bid and complaining at length that she was "nasty" to Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election MORE.

Trump was asked during a briefing — ostensibly on the coronavirus pandemic — about Harris's record and potential effect on the race.

"She was my No. 1 pick. I mean, she was ... my No. 1 draft pick, and we’ll see how she works out," Trump said in his first public comments since Biden announced Harris as his running mate earlier Tuesday. "She did very, very poorly in the primaries, as you know. She was expected to do well. And she ended up right around 2 percent and spent a lot of money. She had a lot of things happening. So I was a little surprised he picked her."

ADVERTISEMENT

"I’ve been watching her for a long time. I was a little surprised," he continued. "She was extraordinarily nasty to Judge Kavanaugh. ... She was nasty to to a level that was just a horrible thing, the way she treated now-Justice Kavanaugh, and I won’t forget that soon. So she did very poorly in the primaries, and now she’s chosen, so let’s see how that all works out."

He went on to say Harris was "nasty" to Biden during the primaries as well. 

"She was very very nasty. She was probably nastier than even Pocahontas to Joe Biden," Trump added, referring to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Mass.)

ADVERTISEMENT

Trump, who donated to Harris's campaign for California attorney general in 2013, said he felt Harris was among the most liberal senators. The president was teed up for an attack on Harris when a reporter asked "why would she lie" about her past with marijuana, citing an appearance on "The Breakfast Club" during she said she smoked the drug in college.

But the president seemed unenthused while rattling off his attacks on Harris, and he appeared surprised when a reporter referenced his campaign ad that called the senator "phony." Trump had tweeted out the ad roughly an hour before the briefing.

Trump, asked what he thought Harris's net effect on the outcome of the November election would be, said he liked his own running mate, Vice President Pence, "much better," calling him "solid as a rock."

Biden on Tuesday afternoon announced the California senator as his running mate days before the Democratic National Convention, hailing her as "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants."

Harris, in being named to the ticket, would become the first woman of color on a major party's presidential ticket upon her nomination next week. She gained national attention during Trump's first term for her sharp questioning of Kavanaugh when he was nominated to the Supreme Court and of Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMajority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case Justice Department renews investigation into George Floyd's death: report MORE.

The Trump campaign quickly issued a statement and an ad attacking Harris as "phony" and accusing her of supporting far-left ideas and being anti-police. The latter attack may prove difficult to land, as Harris has faced criticism from the left over her record as a prosecutor and attorney general, and Biden has said he is against activists who want to "defund the police."